The new Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire says the public still has faith in the role.
Although Dr Alan Billing's Labour Party have pledged to abolish the role if they are elected into government in 2015, he says the public must have a way to hold the police to account:
Labour candidate Dr Alan Billings has won the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner by-election with just over 74,060 votes.
The overall turnout was 14.88% as 150,406 votes of a possible 1,010,599 were cast.
The regional breakdown of turnout is below:
- Barnsley 11.9%,
- Doncaster 15.24%,
- Rotherham 18%,
- Sheffield 14.5%
The election cost £1.6 million, working out at £11.04 per vote.
Turnout in Barnsley for Police and Crime Commissioner election was 11.9 per cent. 21,801 people voted @itvcalendar
The counting of votes for the South Yorkshire PCC election will start today.
Results are expected later this afternoon.
From seven o'clock tomorrow morning the people of South Yorkshire will go to the polls to elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner.
The by-election's being held after the resignation of Shaun Wright in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham.
Mr. Wright eventually stood down after the Jay Report revealed 1,400 children in the town were victims of abuse over a 16 year period.
David Hirst looks ahead to the election:
The Independent Police Complaints Commission should move its headquarters to South Yorkshire, according to Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz.
Today the force referred 14 of its officers to the police watchdog over the recent child abuse scandal in Rotherham.
Mr Vaz said people needed to know policing is being handled properly in the county:
The former Police and Crime commissioner for South Yorkshire, could face criminal charges as part of a two pronged investigation into the failings during the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
Shaun Wright, who was in charge of children's services for the council for five of the crucial years outlined in the Jay report, is likely to be investigated for possible misconduct in public office, according to South Yorkshire's chief constable David Crompton.
He has written to the Home Affairs Select committee outlining his plans for further inquiries. The force has this afternoon confirmed that 14 of it's staff have now been referred to the police watchdog, the IPCC, for their conduct in Rotherham.
South Yorkshire Police has now referred 14 people to the IPCC and may make further referrals should the criteria be met. Both South Yorkshire Police and the independent investigation will remain in constant dialogue with the IPCC.