Chief Constable's foreword

In 1829 Sir Robert Peel founded the modern police force and developed what have become known as the Peelian Principles.

He said that, "...the police at all times should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the  public and the public are the police...". He went on to add that ..."the police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public".

In the United Kingdom these Principles translate into our ethos of policing with the consent of the public. This relies upon the public having trust in what the Force does and how it goes about its business. Building that trust in South Yorkshire is important to us and these web pages are intended, for the first time, to provide greater openness and transparency about issues such as hospitality, media relations, expenses and serious disciplinary outcomes - each of which have been raised as issues of concern by the public.

I hope you will find it useful.

David Crompton
Chief Constable