Latest entry in race to become new police chief

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COMMUNITY stalwart Kash Walayat has thrown his hat into the ring to become the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.

Mr Walayat, aged 41, married with four children, was born and educated in Sheffield, and has served as a councillor, area panel chairman, school governor, ward officer and charity worker.

He was appointed a Labour member of South Yorkshire Police Authority in 1997 and became an independent member in 2007.

To take part in the race to become Commissioner, Mr Walayat had to resign as a senior civil servant with the Department for Education after 25 years.

He said: “I feel so passionately about becoming police commissioner that I had to quit the job I love.

“I am well qualified to address the tremendous challenges facing the police resulting from the current economic downturn, while delivering an efficient and effective strategy to reduce crime.”

The person who wins November’s election will have the power to hire and fire chief constables and have control over police priorities and budgets.