South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner went for a walkabout in south Sheffield to see what is being done to keep people away from a life of crime.
PCC Shaun Wright spent an afternoon with Insp Ian Stubbs and officers at Woodseats Police Station before heading out to the Abbeydale Road area.
After talking to officers about their roles - and their concerns about policing in austerity - he visited the Football Unites Racism Divides U-Mix Centre on Asline Road.
He was then joined by Coun Nikki Bond and community worker Helen Iwan as they made their way along Abbeydale Road.
He visited the Jamia Masjid and Usmania Education Centre and the One Nation Community Centre, which is the first mosque in the country to house a boxing gym.
PCC Wright said: “It was a really informative day. In one afternoon I have heard and seen some of the great work that is being done in the local community.
“I have listened to police officers talking about policing in austerity, then seen how the police, communities and partners are coming together to divert young people from a life of crime.
“The U-Mix centre is an excellent facility that provides young people with somewhere to go and something different to do.
“The welcome from the One Nation Community Centre was outstanding.
“They had obviously gone to a lot of trouble to showcase the excellent work that they do.”