Lichfield and Burntwood’s police chief says a new operating model will help officers tackle the issues that matter to local residents.
Staffordshire Police unveiled the changes, which will see emergency response officers based out of ten operating centres across the county, rather than the three hubs they currently use.
It will mean more officers based alongside PCSOs and the local policing team out of the Lichfield base.
Chief Inspector Paul Cooke, of the Lichfield local policing team, said:
“We’ve worked with communities, partners and colleagues across the force to design a model that will allow us to focus on the issues that matter the most to people in Lichfield, Burntwood and the surrounding areas, and respond in the way they need us to.
“This could be in emergency situations, working with partners to tackle the root causes of anti-social behaviour and criminality, or protecting the most vulnerable.”Chief Inspector Paul Cooke, Staffordshire Police
Staffordshire Police say the move to a new operating model would mean a “significant investment in the number of officers responding locally throughout Lichfield and Burntwood”.
Chief Inspector Cooke said the move would also allow officers to respond to the modern demands facing the police service:
“Policing across the country is constantly changing and the demands we face today are not the same as those in previous years.
“Our previous model was introduced in 2018 and since then, crime has continued to become increasingly complex and the number of calls of service have remained consistently high.”Chief Inspector Paul Cooke, Staffordshire Police