Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Matthew Ellis: 'Great policing to meet local needs'
Matthew Ellis, is the Conservative candidate for November's police and crime commissioner election, said:
Back in 1978, police officers did everything from answering each phone call to typing every report.
Nowadays, 1,200 staff who weren't there in 1978 do most of that.
It means the comparisons of police officer numbers in 1978 and 2012 are really comparing 'apples with pears' because overall numbers are higher now than in 1978.
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But my ambition for Staffordshire is great policing delivered in a way which meets local needs, whether it be city, town or rural areas, and it should cost tax payers as little of their hard-earned money as is practical.
It's not only how much you spend, it's how well you spend it – good old fashioned value for money.
Box-ticking, target-chasing, and health and safety culture all plague professional police officers and hinder them in doing what they were trained to do – catching criminals, cutting crime and being out and about keeping all Staffordshire's communities safe.
So let's scrap the form-filling which is done for the sake of it, and bin the unnecessary bureaucracy which wastes so much frontline policing time.
Let's use technology to free up police officers so they can get back to a modern version of the local bobby.
And let's deal with the causes of trouble by clamping down on licensees who run alcohol businesses which aren't socially responsible.
We should use 'fast justice' in the worst trouble spots where alcohol fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour means arrest and the dispensing of court justice in 30 minutes.