South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright met members of a Sheffield community on a walkabout to find out about issues of concern in the area.
The police chief, who oversees the way South Yorkshire Police is run, walked around Fir Vale with local councillors Ibrar Hussain, Sioned-Mair Richards and Talib Hussain as well as former councillor Joan Barton, who is now a research assistant on Romany issues for city MP David Blunkett.
They walked around the suburb ahead of a Partners and Communities Together meeting, where local residents can discuss issues they want addressing with the agencies working in the area.
Commissioner Wright said: “I was happy to receive the invitation from Councillor Hussain to visit Fir Vale and see some of the challenges faced by the community for myself.
“It’s not always easy for newcomers, who may have totally different social and cultural backgrounds and values, to integrate into a long-established South Yorkshire community.
“I want to play my part in ensuring all members of the community can live together in harmony and safety and will certainly look into the issues raised.”
Councillor Hussain added: “People requested that the new Police and Crime Commissioner should come and listen to their concerns.
“I am delighted Commissioner Wright responded and that he has promised he will listen to all these concerns, in what are currently very difficult financial times.”
Commissioner Wright was elected into office in November, with the aim of representing residents and holding the county’s police force to account.
The Labour councillor, who represents Rawmarsh, is a former magistrate who stood for election for the policing position against representatives of other political parties.
His role is to act as the voice of the people and he has the power to sack the Chief Constable.
He decides how the police budget should be spent.