UKIP have announced their candidate for next month’s South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner elections.
Sheffield council Jack Clarkson, a former police inspector, will stand for the party in the poll to replace Shaun Wright on October 30.
He was picked following a vote by the party’s National Executive Council.
Cllr Clarkson said: “I am very honoured that the UK Independence Party have nominated me to be the party’s candidate for the forthcoming South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner by-election.
“Due to a long line of horrendous leadership failures, South Yorkshire Police is currently a totally demoralised organisation, dealing with a long list of criticisms that has torn its' reputation to shreds.
“However, the resignation of Shaun Wright, over his failure to protect the children of Rotherham, has now given the South Yorkshire people the opportunity to seize the initiative and put in place a team that will provide strong leadership and a new, common sense approach to policing in the region.
“I don’t think the rebuilding process will be easy, and a great deal of change is needed within South Yorkshire Police to achieve it.
“The public need to feel they can trust the police to do the right thing and to help them when they need it most. This has not been the case for a number of years.
“It is my commitment to the people of South Yorkshire that I will give them back a police force they can trust, a force that has a more visible presence, with more boots on the ground and more community policing that will safeguard our communities.
“Only UKIP can guarantee that political correctness will not get in the way of investigating crimes and only UKIP can promise one law for all."