15 November set for Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Election of a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will take place on November 15, 2012 with Stoke-on-Trent acting as the lead authority and being responsible for administering the election across the police force area.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Paul Hackney has been appointed as Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) designate. Continue reading

Staffordshire Police Authority Agree Budget To Protect Frontline Services

Staffordshire Police Authority met today to approve a 2.8% to the police element of council tax aimed at maintaining frontline services

The 2.8 per cent increase for 2010/11, agreed at a full meeting of Staffordshire Police Authority members, will represent a rise of less than 10p per week for the standard Band D property owner. Their annual contribution towards policing in the next financial year will be £177.61

Staffordshire Police Authority Chairman David Pearsall said, ‘This settlement is the result of much consultation and consideration. It’s a budget to try and protect our front-line services and continue to meet the needs of our communities in this very difficult financial climate. Members of the Police Authority have undertaken an extensive consultation exercise with local authorities and with local chambers of trade. There was clear support and widespread recognition of the improvements that have been seen. Consultation has also taken place with members of the force and Authority’s Citizens Panels which is made up of 3,000 people.’

He went on to say, ‘They provide us with a representative range of views across age, race, gender and occupation.
Of those who responded to the question “ËœI support the Police Authority and Chief Constable in considering seeking in precept in the region of 3 per cent to maintain existing levels of investment and help deliver more visible and accessible local policing services’, 81 per cent either agreed (40 per cent) or strongly agreed (41 per cent).
“It was a source of great pride to us that last year Staffordshire was highlighted as the best police force in the country at managing finances following an independent assessment by the Audit Commission. We were the only force to be graded “Ëœexcellent’ with a top score nationally for managing finances. Together with our partners and the public, we will continue to put the citizen at the heart of what we do, so they feel safe and secure in their homes, at leisure and in their workplaces.’

The Police Authority is a seventeen-strong independent body of elected councillors and independent and magistrate members united in its commitment to make policing work for each citizen and to re-energise communities and build community spirit ““ working closely with partners and local people to do this.