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South Yorkshire police force area covers 1,552 square kilometres. This is a mixture of rural and urban areas with the population being mainly in the city of Sheffield (one of the 8 largest regional cities in England), and the towns of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. South Yorkshire has a population of 1,365,847; a rise of 16% since 2012, with 9.3% from a minority ethnic background. South Yorkshire is an economically deprived area attracting investment from the European Regional Development fund.

South Yorkshire Police has reintroduced local neighbourhood policing, and specialist staff are employed within its investigative and corporate services departments. The force’s information systems, and legal services departments are shared with Humberside Police, and once again the force has its own self sufficient operational support.

The aim for South Yorkshire Police is to be a safe place to live and for the police service to achieve this by: by fighting crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and protecting vulnerable people.

The force demonstrates robust financial management. The challenges for the force include addressing the complex demands of today, planning for the future and dealing effectively with, and learning from, some difficult legacy issues. The direction of travel, as Her Majesty’s Inspectors have pointed out, is positive. Our progress over the past two years demonstrates that we have the ambition and drive to enhance the quality of our services further and are committed to becoming a police force in which its communities can have trust, confidence and a sense of pride.

Disclaimer: the above statement has been prepared by South Yorkshire Police. The views and information in it are not necessarily those of HMICFRS.