Open Mike Night Live!

Join Staffordshire Police Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, Assistant Chief Constables Jane Sawyers & Julian Blazeby and Director of resources Graham Liddiard here for a live web chat from 1800 tonight. Continue reading

Staffordshire Police’s Open Mike night returns

After a sell-out previous performance, Staffordshire Police Chief Constable Mike Cunningham will again be taking to the internet for Open Mike night.

Mike will be supported this time by new comers, Deputy Chief Constable Douglas Paxton, Director of Resources Graham Liddiard and Assistant Chief Constables Jane Sawyers and Julian Blazeby. Continue reading

Police Open Day A Great Success

Almost 1000 people went to Longton Police Station open day on Saturday to learn more about policing in Staffordshire.

The event was opened by Lord Mayor Denver Tolley, ACC Jane Sawyers & Rob Flello MP who cut a line of police tape to let the visitors in.

Hundreds of people watched police dog Jerry with handler Steve Billingtonsearch a car for hidden drugs. Jerry has been playing his role in tacklingdrugs for five years and daily attends drugs raids across the north of theCounty as part of Operation Nemesis.

Armed Response Officers were also on had to explain about their vital role in protecting our community. Visitors had the rare opportunity to handle the weapons used by police and to learn how officers deal with life threatening incidents

Today has been about showing the community the sorts of work thats done behind the scenes to keep them safe. Visitors spoke about how they enjoyed learning more about policing in Stoke-on-Trent and many were able to find out about the actual levels of crime across the city.

Visitors had a chance to tour was the cell block, have their “Ëœmugshots’ and fingerprints taken for a souvenir to take away as well as try on various items ofpolice uniform and pose for the camera dressed for duty.

A scenes of crime officer was also on hand to demonstrate how forensic evidence is recovered.

Many of the visitors took time to speak to officers about their role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour issues in the community.

Operation Nemesis Three Years On

The award-winning Operation Nemesis the police operation to crackdown on drug dealers in Staffordshire is celebrating its third anniversary.

Operation Nemesis was launched in Stoke-on-Trent on 13 September 2007 following an undercover police operation which had lasted over a year in the city. Around 400 police officers attended the city’s Kings Hall at 5am that day to be briefed on the first of three major arrest operations over a three-month period.

Since its launch Operation Nemesis has netted hundreds of suspected drug dealers who have been arrested and taken off the streets of Staffordshire. Many of these offenders have subsequently been charged and sent to prison for drugs offences.

Since that day Operation Nemesis became part of daily business for Staffordshire Police and, following the success of the campaign in Stoke-on-Trent, it has subsequently been rolled out across the county.

£2.7m has been recovered through asset recovery linked to the Operation Nemesis campaign in the past 3 years.

Operation Nemesis remains Staffordshire Police’s commitment to tackling major drug dealers and bringing them to justice.

Drug misuse will not be tolerated in Staffordshire and we will act on all information received regarding suspected drug dealing in the communities we serve.

We are determined to carry on working with our partner agencies to rid communities of drug dealing and the negative effect it has on neighbourhoods and families.

We continue to work closely with our colleagues in local authorities and those who work for Staffordshire’s drug support and treatment services. We place a huge emphasis on helping addicts kick their habit. We also offer a great deal of support to their family and friends to help them achieve this.

I must take this opportunity to thank members of the public for their continued help and support with Operation Nemesis. The campaign’s ongoing success is testament to the confidence people have in providing us with information about suspected drugs activity in their community. The help we receive from the public is vital and I would encourage people to continue to let us know their concerns.

Residents tell us they want robust action taken against dealers, and the criminal activity and anti-social behaviour they attract, and we will continue to take positive action.

Operation Nemesis carries a simple message to drug offenders: we are not going away and we will bring you to justice.

The number of people who have been arrested in connection with drugs offences (which includes supply of, possession, possession with intent to supply, production and trafficking) since the launch of Operation Nemesis:

  • Sep 07 ““ March 08 ““ 1,100
  • April 08 ““ March 09 -1, 483
  • April 09 ““ March 10 ““ 1, 619

2,705 drug offences (Class A and Class B) have been recorded by Staffordshire Police since the launch of Operation Nemesis in September 2007:

  • Sep 07 ““ March 08 ““ 1,054
  • April 08 ““ March 09 ““ 870
  • April 09 ““ March 10 ““ 781

Recorded Crime Figures Down in Staffordshire

Figures presented to Staffordshire Police Authority today, (20 July) show that more than 1,400 fewer crimes were recorded in Staffordshire between April and June 2010, compared to the same period last year.

The total number of offences dropped by almost seven per cent to 19,034. ҬDuring the same three-month period in 2009 the total number of offences was 20,451.

Business-related crime has also fallen to 2,176 from 2,523, a drop of almost 14 per cent.

The report shows serious acquisitive crime – which includes burglary, robbery and vehicle crime – committed in April, May and June fell to 2,339 from 3,080, a drop of 24 per cent, compared to the same period in 2009.

The figures for the first quarter of 2010/11 also show a reduction in the number of violence with injury crimes recorded. Between April and June a total of 2,439 were recorded, compared to 2,636 in the same period in 2009 – a reduction of 7.5 per cent.

Assistant Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said, ‘The drop in crime, and continuing increase in public satisfaction, is very encouraging. These figures, for the first quarter of 2010/11, show Staffordshire Police is continuing to make good progress in our mission to keep communities safe and reassured. It is extremely encouraging to see more and more people are satisfied with the service they receive from the force when calling to report crime or anti-social behaviour, and we are determined to see that satisfaction increase even further.’

She continued, ‘While we welcome the fall in the number of violence with injury crimes recorded there is still much work to do to drive this figure down even further. We are working very hard with our colleagues at local authorities and other partner agencies to clamp down on violence in all of its forms and make the communities we serve even safer. We launched Operation Safer Nights across Staffordshire at the end of last year to tackle violent crime – much of which is fuelled by alcohol. Numerous initiatives continue to take place under the Operation Safer Nights banner to reduce violent incidents in our town centres, and this work will continue. We want people to be safe and to feel safe when they are out enjoying themselves.

Staffordshire Police, together with its partners, will continue to tackle the things that matter most to the communities we serve.’

Dealing with anti-social behaviour (ASB) remains a top priority for the force and police authority. Staffordshire Police continues to work closely with local authorities and other partners to tackle ASB. Between April and June this year 89 per cent of people who called about ASB were satisfied with the overall service they received by the force, compared to 84.6 per cent during the same period last year.

A total of 88 per cent of people calling about crime between April and June this year were satisfied with the overall service provided by police, compared to 87.6 per cent last year.