Sheffield far safer than most cities

New  South Yorkshire Police Chief  Constable David Crompton
New South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton
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I felt that I should respond to your unnamed correspondent who in Wednesday’s letters page (Violent City) questioned Sheffield’s credentials as a safe city.

In comparative terms, Sheffield has less violent crime than Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham.

Sheffield is one of only five cities to be awarded ‘purple flag’ status for the multi-agency work which makes the city a safer place in the evening.

Currently, South Yorkshire as a whole is seeing a reduction of more than 11 per cent in all its crime when compared with last year.

Nevertheless there are still occasions when serious crimes occur, but when they do, I am fortunate to be able to call upon the services of some superb staff to track down the offenders.

These are good results but nobody here is complacent.

One shooting or stabbing is one too many and we aim to reduce these serious incidents by as much as possible.

Your correspondent suggests I should get out of my ivory tower to see what is going on.

I do go out on patrol once a week, and when I do, I am always impressed by the professionalism, bravery and sheer commitment of my staff despite the fact that they are facing government cut backs of well over 20 per cent in budgets.

In comparison with almost any other large city in the UK, Sheffield is less violent and suffers less crime.

But my ambition is to make it much safer for the public and much less inviting for the criminals.

David Crompton, Chief Constable, South Yorkshire Police