Voters re-elect Matthew Ellis as Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner

Matthew Ellis has been re-elected as Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

The Conservative candidate said he was pleased to have the chance to continue a programme of creating a modern police force.

He added: “The day job starts again on Monday. It’s about carrying on delivering the plan I set out in early 2013 to spend money more effectively and get more visible policing on the streets across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent using mobile technology.

“It’s about making sure communities feel reassured because they are seeing more police officers and above all making sure that we are preparing the police in every single way to deal with changing crime, to deal with the challenges of the internet which is not only a force for good but a place where criminals can do horrendous harm to individuals and organisations.

“We need to continue the work around victims and continue to grow the Police Cadet Service. I want to put some extra vigour towards all the other work that we set in train three years ago and speed things up.”

Jane Sawyers, Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, said: “I would like to congratulate Matthew on being re-elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and I look forward to working with him to continue to create safer, stronger communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.”

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11 Comments

  1. Jack Andrea

    7th May, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Majority of the electorate were unaware the election was even happening and the only leaflets I received was from independent candidate Natalie Devaney. 21% turnout is much better than last time but still a disgraceful turnout.

  2. Chris

    7th May, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I’m gutted the turnout was so high. It validates something we shouldn’t be voting for.

  3. Darryl

    7th May, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    “The Conservative Candidate”

    I see we have abandoned all pretence that PCC’s were not supposed to be political. Well done Tories, you’ve politicised the police.

    “It’s about making sure communities feel reassured because they are seeing more police officers and above all making sure that we are preparing the police in every single way to deal with changing crime”

    Changing crime? Crime is the same, the Tories are churning out more and more legislation, that doesn’t mean it is good legislation. More officers – lets see the figures behind that claim? We’ve had frozen recruitment and natural wastage for a number of years now.

    “We need to continue the work around victims and continue to grow the Police Cadet Service. All the other things that we set in train three years ago I want to put some extra vigour towards all the other things that we set in train three years ago and speed things up.”

    Do we? If I were feeling more childish I’d write “blabber blabber blabber blabber” but I’m not, you cost a lot of money, you and your office, including the cronies you’ve employed. How much front line service would that pay for?

    Who checks the veracity of your wild claims? Who checks that you spend the money wisely? What makes you competent to decide how the police spend money?

    PCC’s a modern and much unneeded ruse.

  4. Rob

    7th May, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I wasn’t going to bother voting until I saw a photo of the labour contingent having a moan-in outside Chasetown police station.

  5. Interesting

    8th May, 2016 at 9:38 am

    In total Ellis gained some 75,000 votes while Adamson polled 66,513 with more than 11,000 ballot papers being rejected.

    Interesting that 11000 votes were rejected.

  6. AgitatorofPeople

    9th May, 2016 at 9:46 am

    The rejected votes were probably down to the unbelievably ridiculous “2nd choice” option, I bet that alot of those were the same candidates boxes crossed twice, did they really think it was going to run so close they needed to do that ?

  7. Some Bloke

    9th May, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    The instructions for the postal vote were quite confusing about the second preference. I wish Mr Ellis well for his term, and believe that the directly elected representative with authority over the Police is a good safeguard for democracy.

  8. Darryl

    10th May, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    “and believe that the directly elected representative with authority over the Police is a good safeguard for democracy.”

    @ Some Bloke

    Be interested to hear how you come to that conclusion? As the fruits of Mr Ellis’ tenure thus far appears to be buying iPads for all and sundry and the reintroduction of Police Cadets, the latter is laudable I’m sure, but hardly worthy of a role attracting a salary of £75,000.

  9. Ken

    10th May, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Now that Staffordshire police are investigating the Conservative Cannock Chase MP Amanda Milling over election fraud (http://www.channel4.com/news/conservative-election-expenses-police-annouce-investigation) how can we possibly hope for any kind of independence on the part of the police if there is a Tory politician in charge?

  10. Darryl

    10th May, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I mean, seriously, has anyone else read this paragraph a few times?

    “We need to continue the work around victims and continue to grow the Police Cadet Service. All the other things that we set in train three years ago I want to put some extra vigour towards all the other things that we set in train three years ago and speed things up.”

    Like someone threw a bunch of pronouns against a wall.

  11. Malcolm

    10th May, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Please can we stop commenting on this:
    I feel sick every time I see Matthew Ellis’s face pop up in my twitter account,
    the more we comment on it the more people will think we care,
    and worse, Matthew Ellis may actually think that we care.

    The only times I have never voted in 40+ years is for the PCC – it’s an utter waste of time and money. And of course it’s political

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