Police officers on patrol

Police officers will remain a visible force in Burntwood, Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has vowed.

The impending closure of the front desk at the town’s police station had caused concern among some residents.

But Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis used a meeting hosted by Burntwood Town Council to offer reassurance and insist new technology would allow officers to stay on the beat in the area.

Matthew Ellis with councillors and residents in Burntwood

Cllr Richard Mosson, leader of the council, insisted it was important officers still had a strong presence.

“We were all disappointed to hear about the closure of the police front desk in Chasetown earlier this year,” he said. “However, we have received assurance from our Police and Crime Commissioner that police are to be far more visible within the town going forward.

“Greater police presence in key areas within the town should give residents greater reassurance. Before any closure takes place Mr Ellis is actively looking for strategic posts within the town where residents can still contact and liaise with police officers – two potential buildings are the Old Mining College Centre and possibly the Fire Station.”

Around 20 people attended the meeting at Burntwood Library where Mr Ellis outlined how new technology was being used to keep bobbies on the beet.

Other issues such as anti-social behaviour and dangerous parking were also discussed.

Mr Ellis said: “I enjoyed a cracking meeting with Burntwood residents. There was good challenge and sensible debate. It was a thoroughly enjoyable 90 minutes.

“It was important to talk about the work we’re doing to get officers out of police stations and back onto the street through our major investment in new technology.”

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