Get all the most important news and events to your inbox.
Protect our independence - donate now
Our non-for-profit, independent community journalism is produced by volunteers and survives thanks to your regular contributions.
A new focus on neighbourhood policing will be introduced across Lichfield and Burntwood as part of a county-wide plan.
Staffordshire Police will add an additional 144 officers to teams across the county, with 75 of them starting in June and July.
The force says it will also add an additional 50 detectives by autumn.
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: “I have always maintained a promise to invest in neighbourhood policing and I am pleased to announce the additional officers that will soon be working within our local teams.
“I know police visibility matters to the communities of Staffordshire, as does investigating localised crimes affecting people’s everyday lives. That’s why these changes have been made – these officers will be focused on preventing crime, locally. They will be working collaboratively with partners and other agencies to deter offenders through education and early intervention.
“We continue to be challenged financially and while we have been boosted by the precept increase, this move of resources to neighbourhoods is primarily a redistribution of existing, serving officers.
“As part of the reallocation of resource, I’ve also invested to boost capacity within our investigations teams.
“One of the biggest national challenges is the growing complexity that comes with investigating serious crime and the time-intensity it can often bring. The additional officers in this area will improve our ability to improve investigative outcomes and raise standards within our digital investigations for example.”
Ch Cons Morgan also said the new policign model would see changes to emergency response teams.
The sale of Chasetown police station had led to Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis suggesting that a traditional station-based approach was no longer appropriate.
The new changes will see emergency teams responding to 999 calls from one of three response ‘hubs’ located across Staffordshire before being deployed to locations such as key road junctions or areas of high demand.
Ch Cons Morgan added: “Separating out response teams from neighbourhood teams means we can balance demand with resource more effectively.
“We’ve streamlined the service so we can respond as and when the public needs us to, across the whole county. Improved technology and dispatch processes will also ensure officers can stay out on patrol longer, with less requirement to go back to a station or ‘hub’.
“These changes will improve the way we respond, problem solve, investigate and prevent crime.
“ising crime levels and the changing face of crime has put pressure on our ability to achieve these aims and that is quite simply, unsustainable.
“I’m confident that this new policing model will allow us to provide a better overall service to the public we serve.”