The police force covers an area of approximately 1,554 square kilometres (approx. 600 square miles) which is made up of the county's three boroughs (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham), along with the City of Sheffield. The resident population is 1.2 million. The force is the thirteenth largest of the 44 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Force Headquarters is based at Carbrook House, in Tinsley, Sheffield. This is a move from Snig Hill Police Station that occurred in early 2013. This move saw the Senior Command Team and other services (such as firearms licensing) into one location. This has been funded by the sale of out-dated buildings, including West Bar Police Station, and the future sale of vacated properties.
South Yorkshire Police is governed by the local Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright.The election took place on 15 November 2012, the same day as 40 other elections for the respective Police and Crime Commissioners (the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police having other elected officials acting as Commissioner). His deputy, Tracey Cheetham, was confirmed by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel in January 2013. This is a salaried position, which is coming under scrutiny by local press. Wright and his deputy are overseen by the Panel.
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election, 2012 
During the miners strike of 1984 officers from South Yorkshire attacked striking miners then arrested 95 on the charge of rioting. It was found the Police Force had fabricated evidence, carried out false arrest and assaulted miners. No police officer has ever been disciplined or accepted responsibility for their actions. Ex officer Tony Munday has called for an inquiry into how South Yorkshire Police handled the aftermath of the Battle of Orgreave claiming he was told what to put in his statement "by a senior South Yorkshire detective" after he arrested a miner during the Orgreave confrontation. "I've never before or since, while I've been a police officer, been involved where effectively chunks of a statement were dictated. They weren't my words,"
The force was condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron in September 2012 for their dishonesty and negligence in their handling of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which led to an apology from the current Chief Constable David Crompton. The Hillsborough Independent Panel had exposed the way in which the force had attempted to divert blame from their own mishandling of the tragedy by feeding false information to the media and altering statements given by their own officers.
The media have called the force's judgement into question over a number of incidents involving the sexual abuse of minors in Rotherham, where prosecutions were not undertaken.
This table sorts names alphabetically by default. The Roll of Honour is a list of all sworn police officers who have died whilst on duty. The Roll of Honour is provided by the national police charity, the Police Roll of Honour Trust.