Staffordshire Police is said to be leading the country in terms of effectively tackling crime and keeping communities safe despite having reduced police officer strength by almost a quarter since 2010.
HMIC (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary) has released reports which examine each force on how it offers value for money to the communities it serves. Staffordshire Police has been judged as 'outstanding', and received a glowing commendation from the inspectors.
They said: "HMIC commends Staffordshire Police on providing outstanding value for money. The force has reduced its spending considerably and at the same time continued to do an excellent job in fighting crime and keeping its communities safe. It is developing ambitious and innovative plans to become even more efficient and effective.
"HMIC is impressed that, despite the force having reduced its police officer strength by 23 percent since 2010, it has worked creatively and tirelessly to maintain a strong focus on improving service quality and putting the victim at the centre of policing. Crime has reduced and victim satisfaction is one of the highest in England and Wales."
Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said: "I welcome the HMIC report which commends Staffordshire Police with an outstanding rating. It is our duty to make sure we do the very best to tackle the issues that matter most to our communities. We have achieved this high rating thanks to the dedication and professional approach of our officers, staff and volunteers.
"We have to ensure the service delivered around the clock by the outstanding and dedicated officers and staff, satisfies the needs of our communities. That is what we are here to do, keep our communities safe by dealing with what matters, preventing crime and delivering outstanding service. While finance is an important factor, it is not the only driver in the way we serve our communities and we work to continue to balance numerous competing demands."
Staffordshire Police recognises the importance of working with other agencies; the report identified that the force makes good use of local partnerships to improve services and protect its communities.