South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton has said the resignation of Shaun Wright offers the chance for the force to ‘move forward’ in the wake of the Rotherham abuse scandal.
He said: “This represents an opportunity for the force, and the county, to move forward in light of Professor Jay’s report about child sexual exploitation.
“We remain committed to addressing and tackling the sexual exploitation of young people in South Yorkshire and to regaining the public’s trust and confidence.
“We are increasing the amount of force resources devoted to tackling this issue. This will be a matter I will wish to discuss with the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner as a priority.”
Meanwhile Neil Bowles, chairman of South Yorkshire Police Federation, said it had become ‘increasingly difficult’ to work with Mr Wright in the wake of the Jay Report.
Mr Bowles said: “It would have been difficult to see how we could work with him considering he had such little credibility in the political world.
“It will be interesting to see what the turnout for the by-election will be. The PCC is now definitely on the map. People will have heard of the office.”