POLICING Minister Damian Green is urging residents to vote for who they want as the county’s first ever police and crime commissioner.
The PCC will replace the county’s existing police authority, a cross-party group which oversees the way South Yorkshire Police is run.
Candidates will be announced next month and the election will be held in November.
Mr Green, Conservative MP for Ashford in Kent, said: “It is my belief the most important aspect of policing is the relationship between officers and the public they serve.
“They must have confidence in each other and I want to see that relationship renewed and refreshed every single day.
“However, for that to work, you, Star readers, must also play your part. You can’t expect the police to sort out crime in Sheffield or Rotherham unless you tell them it needs doing and you can’t just hope the police will become more responsive unless you tell them how.
“That’s why PCCs are so important for the future of policing.
“This is your chance to have your say in how policing is conducted, to ensure officers are doing the jobs you want to see carried out.
“PCCs won’t decide when to carry out a drugs raid or slap the handcuffs on a burglar – we will leave that to the professional police officers.
“PCCs will set the agenda for policing in South Yorkshire. They will hold officers and chief constables to account and will listen to you when setting the agenda for policing in your area.”