A BOROUGH councillor is bidding to be named South Yorkshire’s new police and crime commissioner.
Coun Shaun Wright, Rotherham Council member for Rawmarsh since 2000, is the current South Yorkshire Police Authority vice-chairman and plans to seek nomination as Labour’s candidate for the new role.
The 44-year-old, a serving magistrate in Rotherham, is up against South Yorkshire’s former Chief Constable Med Hughes for the nomination.
The role has been created to have one person replace the police authority, which is made up of 15 members, to oversee the way the county’s police force is run, performs and manages its budget, in a bid to cut bureaucracy.
Royston-born Coun Wright said: “As the police face massive cuts, it is more important than ever to ensure police work is focused and the downward trend in crime achieved in the South Yorkshire Police area is maintained.
“Few aspects of public service are more important than the police, for we invest them with significant powers, but expect them to risk their lives to protect people.”