Alan Billings, South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, will stand as Labour’s candidate again this coming May.
Dr Billings won a by-election in 2014 after the former PCC Shaun Wright, resigned from the post. He was unanimously approved by all the constituency Labour Parties and affiliated organisations across South Yorkshire.
The Labour candidate said on his re-selection that his time already has come with big challenges. Alan said: “I’m very pleased to have been re-selected by the Labour Party to contest the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election. Since taking up the post just over one year ago, I have worked hard to hold the Police Force to account on behalf of the public and to begin the task of rebuilding trust in the Force. Some good progress has been made, though there remains much more to be getting on with.”
“It has been a challenging time. What has had to be faced and dealt with in South Yorkshire is unprecedented - the on-going Hillsborough Inquests, child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and continued protest marches by far-right groups. All of these have put a severe strain on the budget at a time when government funding has been severely cut. Looking forward, the biggest challenge will be to maintain neighbourhood policing with the far fewer officers and PCSOs that we now have. But I am committed to making this a priority. I welcome the opportunity to ask the public of South Yorkshire to put their trust in me again and to use my experience, knowledge and work ethic to help deliver a police service we can have confidence in.”