New policing teams have been rolled out in Sheffield today, with the city now served by six local policing teams.
The model, already operating in Barnsley and Doncaster, sees response officers, safer neighbourhood officers and PCSOs responsible for a particular area.
They are all equipped with mobile technology aimed at keeping them out in communities for as long as possible.
The teams also work different shifts than before, with bosses wanting more officers on duty at traditionally busy periods.
They are backed up by a local support unit, which focuses on the proactive investigation of crime, anti-social behaviour problem solving, children and schools-related matters and offender management.
Chief Constable David Crompton said: “We understand that neighbourhood policing is highly valued by our local communities and this is why we have worked hard to retain visible, dedicated police teams in all areas of the county. “The financial constraints placed on the force mean we have to work differently and the new teams aim to deliver vital neighbourhood services at less cost while protecting what is most valuable to the community.
“This is the biggest change to local policing in years and our reorganisation aims to provide a consistent structure and standard of service across the county, reducing duplication to work more effectively.
“The new operating model will save £8.1 million but the introduction of a county-wide shift pattern and consistent flexible working arrangements will actually mean more police officers working at peak times in the evenings and at weekends.”
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “These changes will bring a fresh way of working across South Yorkshire.
“They will combine more flexible teams, joint briefings and a greater ownership of crimes with improvements in mobile technology and will use resources more effectively and efficiently.
“Members of the public should see an increase in visibility of police officers and police community support officers in their local communities, providing greater access to advice, information and crime reporting.”