The referral stems from two complaints regarding Shaun Wright's role at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, where he was in charge of Children's Services for five years and his knowledge of child sexual exploitation allegations.
The IPCC say they will assess whether the matter is something which requires an investigation involving the IPCC. The IPCC can investigate Police and Crime Commissioners if there is evidence that they may have committed a criminal offence, either while in office or prior to them becoming Police and Crime Commissioners.
Under the legislation that created the roles in 2012, a PCC can only be suspended if:
- The commissioner has been charged in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man with an offence, and
- The offence is one which carries a maximum term of imprisonment exceeding two years
During the meeting he faced angry demands from members of the public to resign. Responding to calls for him to stand down, Mr Wright said: "I've always acted in the best interests of young people and I've always addressed the inadequacies within South Yorkshire Police since I took up the role as police and crime commissioner."