Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, an elected PCC may appoint a deputy to the publicly-funded role.
A deputy PCC is not politically restricted according to legislation, but similar restrictions as to a PCC apply.
A spokesperson for Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire’s PCC said:”At this moment in time Dr Billings is considering whether he needs to appoint a deputy to assist in the delivery of his objectives and discharging his responsibilities.
“This is a step that many PCCs around the country are currently taking and a number have appointed deputies with clear responsibilities and areas of focus that they will lead on.
“Dr Billings is considering whether such a post is necessary and would offer value for money to the taxpayers of South Yorkshire.
“If a decision to appoint a deputy is taken the process for recruitment/appointment will be considered by Dr Billings.
“A deputy wouldhave to be from the same political party. “