Challenging times for boss

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SOUTH Yorkshire Police has been steered through some very stormy waters in recent years. But there can be few more challenging moments than that facing David Crompton, the county’s new Chief Constable.

The force has already seen a drastic cut in the number of offices – at a time that we repeatedly hear that the public feels there should be more policemen and women on our streets.

And now further budget cuts are being imposed on the organisation by a Government which refuses to acknowledge that any areas may have a special case to argue for extra resources.

If that were the case, surely South Yorkshire has a strong argument to be untouched after the county emerged relatively unscathed after riots swept the rest of the country last summer.

On top of that, there is an element of uncertainty in the wings as the prospect of directly elected police chiefs is dangled before the public.

But we are sure that David Crompton will bring to the task the steady leadership judging by his track record with other forces he has served.

And, on top of that, he is joining an organisation which has already undergone a modernisation regime which will leave it well placed to respond to the challenges the future will bring.

Others should adopt this spirit

AS Sheffield City Council tightens the grip on cultural activities by slashing £900,000 from a wide range of sport and entertainment activities, we must admire Music in the Round organisers.

Based at the Crucible Theatre, this annual event presents a wide range of musical events and while some organisations and events are seeing their grants reduced, it will see no more money handed over from the council. But organisers say they are determined to keep the event in the public eye and are to seek other sources of income.

We hope other groups affected by cuts will adopt this sort of spirit to ensure Sheffield is not deprived of its cultural lifeblood during these difficult times.

City’s countryside

SHEFFIELD is blessed to be so close to the Peak National Park. And, judging by the steady stream of people heading to the moors, there is no lack of appreciation for this gem on our doorstep. That is why we are sure the city council plan to promote walking among local people as a way of marking the 60th anniversary of the Peak Park will have no shortage of volunteers. A walk in the countryside is something that Sheffield people should not take for granted.