Lichfield residents were given a first-hand view of one of the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates as he appeared at Speakers’ Corner.
Conservative hopeful Matthew Ellis told those gathered about his plans for policing in Staffordshire should he be elected.
Labour candidate Joy Garner was unable to attend the event but a number of her party’s supporters were on hand to challenge Mr Ellis on his vision.
Voters will make the decision on who will become the county’s first ever Police and Crime Commissioner when they head to the polls on November 15.
The new role will have responsibility for:
- Working with and representing the community on crime and police matters
- Setting priorities for the police and preparing the annual Police and Crime plan
- Appointing (and dismissing) the Chief Constable, and holding them to account
- Publishing an annual report on how priorities and targets have been met
Around 50 people gathered to hear the Conservative candidate speak about how he believes public money can be better used by Staffordshire Police by releasing reserves to invest in new technology to promote efficiency and allow front line police officers to spend more time doing the job they were trained to do, rather than paperwork.
He also told the crowd he was bursting with ideas, including plans to reform the Police Cadets in the county, to look again at the policy of automatically retiring police officers with 30 years’ service, and to review the assets of the force, including the empty former HQ in Stafford.
The event was hosted by Lichfield Speakers’ Corner, supported by the Speakers’ Corner Trust, a registered Charity established in 2007 to promote free expression, public debate and active citizenship. More details can be found on the Speakers’ Corner website.
Details about the new Police and Crime Commissioner role and the election can be found on Lichfield District Council’s website.