SHEFFIELD Council leader Julie Dore has spoken out against plans for elected police commissioners - after regional local government leaders voiced concerns about the idea.
Ministers want to allow people the chance to vote for a single police commissioner to cover each area, who would take over responsibilities currently held by councillors sitting on police authorities for each force.
In South Yorkshire, police authority members are drawn from Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster councils.
Coun Dore said: “My view is similar to that on elected Mayors - I generally feel people don’t like too much power to be held by one individual.
“The current system means views from all areas of South Yorkshire are taken into account when deciding policing policies.
“And the members of the police authority are already voted for by local people, as they are serving councillors. Replacing them with a single commissioner for the whole county would remove that local connection.”
The Labour leader spoke out after the Local Government Association’s Yorkshire and Humber Executive raised concerns about the elected police commission proposals.
Coun Mehboob Khan, leader of Kirklees Council and chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, and Scarborough Council leader Coun Tom Fox are calling on the Government to rethink proposals in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.
The Association is in favour of a compromise by creating local Police and Crime Panels of councillors, who would be able to scrutinise the work of elected commissioners.