'The police watchdog is set to announce an investigation into the senior command team at South Yorkshire Police over their failure to prevent widespread child abuse in Rotherham.
The actions of dozens of police officers in the region have already come under the scrutiny of the Independent Office For Police Conduct (IOPC).
But Sky News has learned that investigators will ask why high-ranking officers failed to act on reports that child exploitation was rife in the town.
One whistleblower told Sky News that a senior officer at the time indicated to her that they prioritised car crime over child abuse.
A victim of child exploitation says she believes police inaction "facilitated" her abuse.
The IOPC has written to abuse survivors saying: "We are extending our investigation and will be looking into the actions of senior officers who were in charge of the force at the relevant time."
"The main allegation within the complaint is that senior officers from SYP failed in their statutory duty to protect children between 1999 and 2011."
The two whistleblowers who made the complaint against senior officers have spoken exclusively to Sky News.'
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