LABOUR'S candidate for Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner called her opponents plans to bring back the 'village bobby' a gimmick and accused him of "papering over the cracks".
"Recruiting 200 Special Constables is no substitute for the 395 full-time Police Officers that his Tory-led government is cutting in Staffordshire," she said. "It doesn't even cover the cracks."
She said as valuable as special constables were they could never replace fiull-time warranted police officers.
"I fear this is the latest in a series of gimmicks from Mr Ellis designed to distract attention from the real issue at this election, the unprecedented loss of bobbies from the streets of Staffordshire.”