Following changes introduced by the Government as part of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, police authorities have now been replaced by directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).
Alan Billings is the PCC for South Yorkshire. The PCC is responsible for deciding the priorities and budget for South Yorkshire Police, as well as supporting broader community safety activities across the region.
As part of the act, each police force area must also establish a Police and Crime Panel (PCP) to scrutinise the work of the PCC and hold them to account.
The South Yorkshire PCP comprises ten councillors representing the four South Yorkshire local authorities, plus two independent co-opted members.