Shaun Wright’s replacement will face ‘very significant challenges’

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The man chosen as the temporary Police and Crime Commissioner has said his permanent replacement will face ‘very significant challenges’ in the wake of the Rotherham scandal.

Acting Police and Crime Commissioner Steve Pick has said he will use his short time in the role before the by-election on Thursday, October 30, to make preparations for the arrival of Shaun Wright’s replacement.
He said: “I have a firm and relatively straightforward view of the main task to be carried out by an acting commissioner in the circumstances currently facing South Yorkshire.

“I believe that the people of South Yorkshire will elect as their next PCC the candidate who they believe, regardless of background, is best able to address the very significant challenges ahead, not least those arising from the very distressing revelations of recent weeks.

“In the meantime, preparations need to be made so that the newly-elected commissioner can begin to address public concerns and restore public confidence as quickly as possible.

“In the very short period of time before the by-election, the acting commissioner and his staff, working together with other agencies, primarily South Yorkshire Police, need to prepare to present the newly-elected commissioner a comprehensive briefing on those challenges.”