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Crime Commissioner “has axed most policing targets in Staffordshire”

Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner says officers are now spending less time chasing targets.

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis claims he has lived up to his pledge when he took office in November 2012 to change the culture of policing across the region.

“I promised I would get rid of most targets and I have,” said the Commissioner in a post on his website. “I am really pleased with the work that’s been done to stop unproductive time officers spend chasing figures.

“I want to see officers given more autonomy in how to prevent, tackle and resolve crime to make communities safer, without endlessly aiming to meet targets.

“This is a new approach that will change the culture of policing, remove the conveyor belt of targets and let police officers be police officers.

“Targets are unhelpful too often they get in the way of delivering effective services. It’s about police officers having the time to make long term visible and sustainable changes to communities that improve people’s quality of life, making them safe and feel safe.”

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1 Comment

  1. Steve Norman

    12th September, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Like his government, he hasn’t just got rid of targets, he’s changed them. The fact that it will then be more difficult to compare police performance before and after his Election will be a bonus (for him).