THE Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire has said his decision to recruit hundreds more volunteer officers is not 'policing on the cheap'.
The decision is part of Commissioner Shaun Wright's five year crime plan for the region outlining his three main priorities for 2013-17.
The focus will be on reducing crime and antisocial behaviour, improving police visibility and protecting vulnerable people.
To increase visibility, the Commissioner plans to pour more money into front-line policing by recruiting an unprecedented number of Special Constables to boost numbers from 290 to 650 by April 2015.
He defended the plan for more voluntary officers and said it wasn't 'policing on the cheap'.