Report accuses South Yorkshire Police of 'lack of direction'

A report published today on South Yorkshire Police concludes it is a force 'lacking in direction' which has made a 'disturbing' move away from effective neighbourhood policing.

It also says that decision making has been isolated, staff have not been listened to and action has not always been taken on agreed plans. Financial and operational planning have not been linked and there has been an underinvestment in key areas.

Interim Chief Constable, Dave Jones and Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, asked the College of Policing to assess the force’s operational and organisational capability and capacity in May.

It followed the suspension of former Chief Constable, David Crompton, over his handling of the inquests into the deaths of 96 football fans in the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield in 1989

The team, which was led by Deputy Chief Constable Andy Rhodes from Lancashire Police, carried out extensive research to identify what South Yorkshire Police do well and where there are gaps.

The report has been described as an "uncomfortable read" by Chief Constable Jones.

Interim Chief Constable Dave Jones Credit: South Yorkshire Police