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DR Alan Billings ‘exceedingly challenging week with the outcome of the Hillsborough’

Dr Alan Billings has been on the doorstep in Maltby with local MP Kevin Barron and local Labour councillors and candidates.
Dr Alan Billings, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, and Labour’s candidate for the 2016 SYPCC election, said:

“This has been an exceedingly challenging week with the outcome of the Hillsborough Inquests and the suspension of the Chief Constable. 

“I don’t think anyone just a week ago would have foreseen quite where we are today.

“The media demands have been relentless on top of trying to lead a big change in the culture and performance of South Yorkshire Police. 

“This has meant many high level meetings and telephone calls this week. As a result, I hope to make some important announcements very soon.
“However, I have always felt that it is crucially important to keep an ongoing dialogue and engagement with people in different communities throughout South Yorkshire about their perceptions on crime and anti-social behaviour.
“This morning, I was pleased to meet representatives of a wide range of local groups from Dinnington and Anston.
Later, I joined Kevin Barron MP and local Labour councillors and candidates in Maltby, where we spoke to lots of people on the doorstep.”
Dr Billings said: “I was very pleased with the response and support I got from people in Maltby. 

“They understood and were very sympathetic about the huge burden of having to tackle the legacy issues, including Hillsborough and Orgreave, as well as tackling today’s crime and policing challenges locally.
“Overwhelmingly, they felt that the key problems stemmed from the former leadership failures at South Yorkshire Police – not with policing on the ground – and they wanted me to lead that big change through.
“This year, South Yorkshire Police will effectively have a completely new leadership team – new Chief Constable, a recently appointed Deputy Chief and two new Assistant Chief Constables. 

“That provides the opportunity for a real change in the culture of the force, lead from the top.”

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