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Meet the Staffordshire PCC candidates - Matthew Ellis

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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"THE role of Police and Crime Commissioner is about new ideas, fresh thinking and bringing the public's view to make policing in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent more visible, responsive and accountable to local people.

It's about freeing police officers from burdensome bureaucracy to do what they were trained for.

In these difficult times it's about achieving more policing with fewer resources so that crime keeps falling.

Is that really possible? Yes, it is! With so many different organisations involved in community safety, supporting victims and playing a part in the wider criminal justice system, my recent work in building successful coalitions across sensitive public services could be crucial to developing a joined up and effective system which makes Staffordshire even safer.

My priorities include:

  • An ambitious technology programme to reduce the burden of process and form filling, releasing 3,000 more policing hours to the front line every week and a five-point plan to increase police visibility to the public;
  • Move some resources from detecting crime to a focus on preventing it from happening;
  • Treat victims of crime as individuals not just a crime number with more incidents receiving a police visit and development of a web-based Case Tracker to provide victims with 'real time' updates;
  • Tougher policing of prolific offenders if they can't or won't reform; 
  • Dealing with irresponsible licensees, anti-social drinking and anti social behaviour via tough 'lead agency accountability' to see the job through;
  • Fast and transparent justice with greater use of restorative measures that account for a victim's views and wishes;
  • A new young Police Cadets Service for Staffordshire to encourage good citizenship, improve links between police and young people and paid for by big business through a Corporate Social Responsibility Fund;
  • A modern twist to the village/community bobby - 200 Community Special Constables recruited to police only the communities where they live."

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 15 2012, 4:09PM

    Sir, The BASC has sent you questions for your reply, One of them is this. Do you support the private ownership and use of firearms in accordance with the current law? I for one am a BASC member and on their website it shows that you and the other candidate have not bothered to reply. As far as I'm concerned, I will not bother voting as clearly, you are not bothered about legal shooting sports.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 15 2012, 10:20AM

    I am not sure I can trust Mr Ellis, in his previous job he consistently refused to tell me how changing heath services away from Hospitals to the community would effect the service provision. It is not clear, taking money and servics from the hospitals and putting them into the community means the hospitals will be downgraded. Also it is strange just as our local police station is closed and services centralised in Stafford, how Mr Ellis has had a sudden change of heart and believes in centralisation of the police, where for health it is better in the community......funny that.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 15 2012, 2:44AM

    Don't kid yourselves, this is costing more than £100 million (think about their gold played pensions!) also have you read the Act? It brings In more than you know, news laws (rules) are coming! They would have the public believe there only responsibility is to manage the budget of the police and dictate their resources as such.... Don't just read mainstream media, do some research...

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 14 2012, 1:25PM

    Whatever the merits of the Commissioner arrangement, it is likely that the turnout on Thursday will be low. Why didn't the Government have the wit to run the election alongside next May's County Council elections - better arrangments, more activity and less cost?

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 14 2012, 1:14PM

    Do your readers know that this was the man who, upon obtaining authority on the County Council, immediately reduced support for the Meals on Wheels service. Some would think this a crime in itself!

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 13 2012, 4:11PM

    I hope the police will be very active in Stopping Trafficking

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 09 2012, 2:17PM

    A reduction in front line police in favour of a Political Appointee & relevant staff& offices.An expensive experiment [£100mill`]with public safety.The electorate are not fools Mr Ellis.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 09 2012, 2:16PM

    A reduction in front line police in favour of a Political Appointee & relevant staff& offices.An expensive experiment [£100mill`]with public safety.The electorate are not fools Mr Ellis.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 09 2012, 2:15PM

    A reduction in front line police in favour of a Political Appointee & relevant staff& offices.An expensive experiment [£100mill`]with public safety.The electorate are not fools Mr Ellis.

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