This week, detectives working within South Yorkshire Police’s Criminal Investigation Departments (CID) and Protecting Vulnerable People (PVP) unit completed their move back to districts after a couple of years being operated at central locations.
Over 320 detectives have made the move over the last two weeks, and are now working directly alongside police officers in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield to undertake investigations and to safeguard vulnerable people with partner agencies at a local level.
The move comes eight months after the force returned neighbourhood policing teams back in to districts, allowing both teams to work together more closely as a neighbourhood function that better serves the community.
The changes form part of the force’s wider delivery of the Police and Crime Plan, which seeks to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour, protect vulnerable people and ensure the public are treated fairly.
Assistant Chief Constable Tim Forber explains: “The previous organisational structure for crime and public protection was introduced in 2015, and combined detectives across South Yorkshire into more centralised and flexible teams.
“Whilst this had some benefits, the nature and demand of crimes continues to change and the force needs to adjust how we operate to ensure we are equipped to deal with modern challenges and to provide the best service to victims.
“We have undertaken detailed and comprehensive analysis of our demand, resources and emerging threats, such as cyber-crime, modern slavery and fraud, to develop a model for future service delivery, which supports wider organisational changes in how we deliver policing to communities of South Yorkshire.
“The return of neighbourhood policing last year gave us a great opportunity to pool our expertise and align these functions, which both have the key focus of protecting vulnerable people.
“We are confident that by having our CID and public protection functions co-located with our response and neighbourhood teams we will be able to deliver strong, efficient and effective crime services across the county.”