People living in Lichfield and Burntwood are being invited to join a panel to shape the work of local policing.
The Lichfield Safer Neighbourhood Panel was launched last October with a remit to hold Local Policing Team Commanders to account and examine community safety issues.
The group is made up of residents, councillors and a magistrate.
Mr Ellis said: “It was fantastic to see the Lichfield Panel in action for the first time a few weeks ago. There’s still time for more local people to get involved and I’d urge them to come forward now.
“The new spotlight on local policing performance that Safer Neighbourhood Panels will bring is invaluable in adding to the rigour my office brings to overseeing policing.
“But it’s more than that. I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that policing, is vital. That’s why visible, neighbourhood policing is increasing over coming months and we’re establishing these new panels.”
The panel met at Lichfield District Council’s headquarters in Frog Lane, which is also to home the Lichfield Police public enquiry desk.
Councillor Doug Pullen, the council’s cabinet member for community, said: “It is hoped that by setting local priorities, policing in the area will better reflect the needs of the local community.”
To volunteer to join the panel email firstname.lastname@example.org.