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Former headteacher from Lichfield joins police scrutiny panel

A former headteacher from Lichfield has joined an independent panel scrutinising the actions of local police.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis (centre) with new panel members, including Tony Wilmot

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis (centre) with new panel members, including Tony Wilmot

Tony Wilmot is one of five new members to join Staffordshire Police’s Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel (ETAP).

The group examines things such as taser use, stop and search figures and crime recording.

Tony, who was principal of the Queen Elizabeth Academy in Atherstone, said: “I am delighted to join ETAP to assist the Police and Crime Commissioner in holding Staffordshire Police to account so that, working alongside the new chief constable, further improvements can be made to make the county an even safer place to live.”

The panel was set up by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis in a bid to boost transparency into the actions of the force.

“It was good to meet and welcome the new panel members who I am sure will strengthen ETAP’s vital work,” Commissioner Ellis said. “Honest and independent scrutiny by the public is crucial as we strive to set the bar higher and create a new dawn of transparency in policing.

“This panel has used its wide-ranging and rigorous powers to scrutinise crime recording, forensics, taser use, and stop and search to make sure decisions made by the police are correct and in the best interests of the public.

“It’s about being open and transparent, so that public confidence across policing and criminal justice is improved.”

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