Chief Constable Gareth Morgan has welcomed the decision by the Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue, and Crime, and supported by the Staffordshire Police Fire and Crime Panel, to increase the council tax precept by £24. He said:
“Staffordshire, like many regions of the UK is facing rising and increasingly complex crime, with many new and emerging threats that are taking more time and resources to solve.
“This increase in funding will help to stabilise the force’s finances and support the ongoing programmes of change within Staffordshire Police. Importantly it will also provide extra investment to improve our capacity to target and disrupt those committing crimes such as burglary and vehicle crime and causing the most harm against people and their property.
“The force has already made significant investment in neighbourhood officers to drive a more preventative, proactive work and increase visibility in local communities. Going forward we will be investing in a team to manage the increasing number of cases involving missing people. I also plan to invest in our roads policing capability to disrupt criminals who use the road network, and to reduce the number of road users killed or seriously injured through increased enforcement alongside the existing programmes of education.
“Investment in new digital technology will also improve our ability to tackle the growth in cyber crime.
He added: “This additional investment, which will equate to around 40 extra officers and staff, will enable us to make further progress on the delivering on the priorities set out in the Policing Plan to keep people safe.”