Lib Dems name candidate for top police job

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Sheffield’s Lib Dems have selected their candidate to stand for the role of South Yorkshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner.

Robert Teal, a businessman from Barnsley, was selected in a region-wide ballot of Liberal Democrat members and will now be up for election when the polls open on November 15.

Mr Teal said that if elected he would aim to cut down on waste and to direct police funds towards frontline services.

“I’m immensely proud to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for South Yorkshire Police Commissioner – it’s vital that there is a candidate who will fight for local people, rather than just fight the Government,” he added.

“Cutting down on waste in South Yorkshire Police force is a key priority – I want to see funds used on frontline services not back office perks. I want a police force that works for local people not senior officers.

“The police also need to do more work establishing the trust of certain communities. Without this trust policing by consent is not possible.

“This election will give local people a real say over how their local police force is run so it’s really important that residents take the opportunity to vote.”