Police chiefs are this week celebrating the 40th anniversary of the formation of South Yorkshire Police.
They are using the occasion to thank bobbies past and present for their efforts to uphold the law over the last four decades.
The force was formed in 1974 as a merger of the former Sheffield and Rotherham Constabulary along with part of West Yorkshire Constabulary, with which Barnsley Borough Police and Doncaster Borough Police had previously been merged in 1968.
Chief Constable David Crompton, who joined the Force in April 2012, said: “I am extremely proud to be the chief constable of South Yorkshire Police as it reaches its 40th anniversary.
“Since joining the force I have never failed to be impressed by the professionalism, dedication and bravery of the people that work for the organisation. While it is important to recognise landmarks such as this anniversary and mark the achievements made by our predecessors, it is testament to the hard work of the staff employed by South Yorkshire Police today that customer satisfaction remains high and crime rates are falling, despite our workforce shrinking.
“The organisation has much to reflect on from our first 40 years in existence and it is important that we constantly evolve and improve to ensure we are delivering the quality of service to the residents of South Yorkshire that they both want and deserve.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright, said: “So many things have changed in 40 years of policing, including the force itself.
“Our police force, established back in 1974, is now one of the most recognised professional forces in the country and this is testament to every police officer and staff member, who have worked tirelessly to serve our communities with dedication and commitment.
“The dedicated people employed by our police force over the last 40 years have helped to design a robust police service that is now at the forefront of tackling many modern crime threats.
“Sadly, austerity is changing the shape of the force and you will all be aware of how difficult policing is in these difficult times, however, I still see a force dedicated to making a difference, with officers and staff who care deeply about the people of South Yorkshire.
“We are still reducing crime across the county with officers consistently going above and beyond the call of duty.”
The force covers an area of 600 square miles across South Yorkshire and employs 5,733 members of staff.
To mark the anniversary the new South Yorkshire Police headquarters at Carbook will be officially opened next month.
The force’s HQ used to be on Snig Hill, which is now the main city centre police station in Sheffield following the closure of West Bar, which was sold off to the Hilton hotel chain in a bid to boost police force coffers.