Full South Yorkshire Police CSE inspection to start after elections, PCC announces

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South Yorkshire’s police boss has vowed to find the ‘most appropriate person’ to carry out an inquiry into the force’s handling of child sex exploitation.

The news comes as the Independent Police Complaints Commission announced 42 officers are under scrutiny over more than 100 allegations relating to handling CSE cases.

It will also look at claims of failure to act over CSE in Sheffield.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings said: “As PCC I fully support the process of thorough investigation of all allegations.

“I believe this shows that I was absolutely right to call for an inspection of the force over child sexual exploitation and we will work with the IPCC to ensure that there is no unnecessary overlapping or duplicating of efforts.

“I have been in touch with the Home Office this week.

“I have asked my Chief Executive to draw up the terms of reference for a full inspection so that as soon as the election is over we shall be in a position to commission the most appropriate person to carry it out.

“I want to see a speedy though rigorous inspection that looks across South Yorkshire.

“I appreciate how unsettling this is for South Yorkshire Police.

“But we have to be sure that we have the whole truth and that we fully understand the scale and nature of what has happened, and that we are confident that things have changed or are changing. Only then can we start to rebuild trust and confidence.”