New police teams launched in South Yorkshire

Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police David Crompton.
Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police David Crompton.
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A new way of policing South Yorkshire’s streets got underway this week.

The scheme was launched in Doncaster on Monday and will be rolled out in Rotherham in October.

Local Policing Teams, made up of police officers, response officers and PCSOs, will be responsible for specific areas and will be in communities when they are needed most - weekends and evenings.

The new teams will deal local crime and anti-social behaviour and will be supported by a unit focusing on the proactive investigation of crime, solving anti-social behaviour problem long term, children and schools-related matters and offender management.

Chief Constable David Crompton said: “This is the biggest change to local policing in years.

“We have worked hard to retain visible, dedicated police teams in all our local areas but with reduced funding, we need to deliver these vital services at less cost.”