South Yorkshire Police is set to reorganise its local policing structure, through which it aim to combine neighbourhood resources and provide greater flexibility in tackling community issues.
Response, safer neighbourhood police and other key policing functions will come together under multi-skilled local policing teams, known as LPTs, with responsibility to solve community problems and manage local demand.
The teams will serve the same geographical areas covered by current safer neighbourhood teams (SNTs) and will operate from existing police buildings, overseen by an Inspector based in the heart of local communities.
Chief Superintendent Rob Odell, leading the local policing restructure, said: “The Force has to make difficult decisions to deliver significant savings to its budget but we’re committed to retaining a dedicated neighbourhood policing service in every community.
“We looked at a variety of policing models to determine the best structure to meet public demand and to deliver the Police and Crime Commissioner’s priorities while delivering the required savings. We believe the new multi-skilled teams will help us to achieve all these objectives.”
“The Force is working hard to implement the local policing teams from spring 2015 and detailed consultation is now taking place with all staff whose roles are affected.”
To complement and support the new local policing structure, the Force is also planning to create a new centralised CID function with local detectives and some current central resources based at two hubs where they will deploy to all areas of the county.
This will give South Yorkshire Police a lot more flexibility to respond to demand, irrespective of where incidents take place, and there will still be separate teams of CID officers dedicated to investigating major and specialist crime.