Billings ‘won’t be a part of police culture’

Alan Billings who has won the election to become the new Police And Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire after the resignation of Shaun Wright.'Andrew McCaren/Rossparry.co.uk
Alan Billings who has won the election to become the new Police And Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire after the resignation of Shaun Wright.'Andrew McCaren/Rossparry.co.uk

Canon Dr Alan Billings was sworn in on Monday as Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire – elected on turnout of 14.88 per cent.

He said will be supportive of the police, but not part of their culture. “My job is to hold them to account, particularly over Rotherham, Hillsborough and Orgreave, to make sure they are learning lessons, at the same time as supporting them in carrying out the important job they do protecting our people and our communities.”

The former deputy council leader received 74,060 votes, UKIP candidate Jack Clarkson 46,883, Conservative Ian Walker 18,536 and English Democrat David Allen 8,583.