STAFFORDSHIRE’S new police tsar has announced plans to recruit more bobbies and put an end to a controversial regulation requiring police officers to retire after 30 years service.
Matthew Ellis announced the recruitment drive, the first by Staffordshire Police in three years, on Tuesday, at the same time bringing an end to regulation A19, which requires officers with more than 30 years pensionable service, up to and including the rank of chief superintendent, to retire.
“Staffordshire Police has lost a lot of valuable experience since the A19 policy was introduced and has not been able to bring in new blood for even longer,” said Matthew Ellis. “I’ve got ambitious plans for the next three years so I am determined to keep the best talent within the force.”
He said the decision, which was made following discussions with chief constable Mike Cunningham, Staffordshire Police Federation and Staffordshire residents on the pre-election campaign trail, and was the right one to help the force continue to drive down crime.
“Opportunities for more joint working, efficiencies and collaboration with other agencies in Staffordshire will mean that we will meet our financial obligations in the future whilst crucially ensuring that jobs and prosperity stay, wherever possible, within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent,” he said. “I want policing to be more visible to people across Staffordshire and for our determination to prevent crime and reduce re-offending to have even greater impact.”