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Crime commissioner candidate vows to get police back on the beat

A Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidate has reassured Lichfield residents that he will get officers back on the beat if elected.

Matthew Ellis visited every borough and district across the county as part of his campaign, meeting residents to discuss their views on local policing.

Cllr Matthew Ellis

Cllr Matthew Ellis

The Conservative visit to Lichfield saw him joined by councillors and Michael Fabricant MP.

“As County Councillor for Lichfield Rural East, I regularly keep in touch with my local residents,” said Mr Ellis. “It’s clear from speaking to local people that they want the best frontline policing for Staffordshire.

“This new role means for the first time ever, people in Staffordshire will be able to hold an individual to account for policing in their area.

“The one issue that keeps coming up is getting police back on the beat. My priorities for Staffordshire enable police officers to be police officers, out on the beat, preventing crime and cracking down on anti-social behaviour.”

A full list of Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidates will be published in October, although Stoke-on-Trent City Councillor Joy Garner has already been confirmed as the Labour hopeful.

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