Police chief to ask public for budget views

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Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright and his staff will be attending community events over the summer to find out how local residents would like him to spend the county’s policing budget.

Members of the public will be given £140 in pretend cash - the average amount each household pays in council tax - and will be asked what they would spend the cash on if they had control of the multi-million pound budget.

A pilot event was held in Barnsley.

Commissioner Wright said: “The event in Barnsley indicated that people wanted more money putting into investigating Child Sexual Exploitation, which is being implemented across the force right now.

“I’m hoping to attend some of the summer events myself and I’ll be interested to see what we will learn from people across the rest of South Yorkshire in terms of their policing priorities.”

Cliffhanger in Graves Park, Sheffield, is among the events Mr Wright and his still plan to attend.