Respect for the people at the top of South Yorkshire Police couldn’t get any lower. Well, that’s what we thought until the latest revelations came to light.
While the average police officer on the street is working hard to make our city a safe place to live, the Police & Crime Commissioner, Alan Billings, has been found to be playing politics with our police force and the taxpayer is being charged over £178,000 for the privilege.
In April, just before Billings was up for election, he tried to force the Chief Constable, David Crompton, to resign following an insensitive press release that Crompton made. It has since been leaked that Billings knew about the press release a day before Crompton was to make it but didn’t stop him - The burden of the press release should fall on both David Crompton’s and Alan Billing’s shoulders. But that’s not where it ends. Crompton has since taken Billings to court to contest the dismissal, costing the taxpayer more than £178,000.
Once again, those at the top of South Yorkshire Police have highlighted the systemic and long-term issues that have plagued our police force for decades. The only way to change it is to change the way it operates. Sign our petition to force Alan Billings to resign.
We, the undersigned, feel that the actions taken by those at the top of the police force are not only costing the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds, it's also disrespectful to the average police officer who is working hard to make our communities safer. We, therefore call on Alan Billings to resign as Police & Crime Commissioner.