Dr Alan Billings
Dr Alan Billings is the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for South Yorkshire. He was elected to this position in a by-election in 2014, and was later re-elected in the 2016 and 2021 Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
Dr Billings holds the police accountable on behalf of the public, in relation to the three priorities set out in his Police and Crime Plan.
The three priorities are:
- Protecting vulnerable people
- Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour
- Treating people fairly
You can read the Police and Crime plan on the PCC’s website: https://southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/what-we-do/police-crime-plan/
As PCC, Dr Billings is the chair of the Executive Board for the VRU. This Board is made up of individuals representing relevant partners across South Yorkshire, and takes strategic decisions in relation to the VRU.
Additionally, the VRU’s funding from the Home Office comes to the Unit through the PCC’s office. However, it is important to note that the VRU is financially independent of both the PCC and South Yorkshire Police.