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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire is Matthew Ellis.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire is Matthew Ellis.

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New specialists will make sure vulnerable victims of crime get the best possible support as part of a radical rethink of services by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.

Mr Ellis set out a vision 12 months ago to put the needs of victims and witnesses at the heart of the criminal justice system.

Now, a network of new specialists who offer support to victims who are vulnerable, due to issues such as mental illness, domestic violence or hearing impairment, will be established as part of a much wider programme to transform victims’ services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
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Listen to Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis close yesterday's conference calling for an end to FMG #endFGM and read more at http://www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/2014/09/hundreds-stand-female-genital-mutilation/
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Help Kash fight crime and learn about staying safe online in our new, free mobile game! #police   #dogs   #dogsareawesome   #doglovers   #dogslife   #gamer   #gaming   #onlinesafety   #onlinesafetyforchildren   #flappybird   #flappybirdsfamily  
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A new mobile game starring Staffordshire police dogs has launched to help children and young people stay safe online.

DOWNLOAD KASH DASH HERE > http://bit.ly/kashdash

The ‘Kash Dash’ app, which has been designed by the Office of Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, features police dogs Emma and Jasper, and former police dog and force mascot Kash.

With game-play similar to the popular mobile game ‘Flappy Birds’, the aim of ‘Kash Dash’ is to help youngsters stay safe online via onscreen messaging about cyber-bullying, stranger danger and privacy settings.
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People across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can read about what’s going well and what isn’t around the work of Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis, in making Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent safer.

The report gets to the heart of how the unique role of the Police and Crime Commissioner is influencing the wider landscape not just policing. It talks about the last year being focussed on getting police finances back on track whilst sustaining quality policing.

Whilst policing plays a major part in reducing crime and keeping people safe, the report reinforces that the police can’t do it alone. The Commissioner’s Safer, Fairer, United Communities Strategy published last year, calls for public services in Staffordshire to work in a more joined up way towards common goals.

Matthew Ellis said: “This report gives a snapshot of what’s been achieved in the last year and a taste of what’s to come. It also highlights where we and others need to do better and where the public sector is still working in silos rather than clear common goals that will benefit the people of Staffordshire.

“It’s been a tremendous year working closely with Staffordshire Police to improve the financial outlook as well as the service provided: But if I’m honest, 18 months ago, I wouldn’t have believed finances would be so strong and the fact they are is testament to the extraordinarily good working relationship between my small team of professionals and Staffordshire Police.

“In practical terms it means that the planned reductions in Neighbourhood Policing I inherited have been cancelled and the recruitment of new officers has started as well as scraping the forced retirement of officers after 30 years.

“But this is only part of the picture. Improving joint working and dealing with things that potentially cause harm earlier is at the heart of my 5 year strategy. It’s ambitious and it’s not easy but I can already see progress where public services in Staffordshire are starting to have a change of mindset. We’re already starting to see a willingness to share responsibility and combine budgets around themes such as offending and domestic violence.

“There’s no doubt that there are substantial challenges ahead but things are looking pretty good and I’m excited at future prospects for policing, community safety and wider criminal justice for Staffordshire.”
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Members of an independent group established by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis are shining the spotlight on the forensics service given to burglary victims.

The Ethics, Transparency and Audit Committee was launched under the new dawn of transparency by Mr Ellis who is aiming for Staffordshire to be the most open and transparent police force in the country, an ambition which is shared by the Chief Constable.

An independent body, the panel is made up of local people and is one of the Commissioner’s drivers that opens the police to even greater public scrutiny. It has been provided with wider powers by the PCC and a greater remit than the audit committee it replaced, putting decisions by Staffordshire Police under the spotlight, as well as those made by the PCC.
 
After shining the spotlight on crime recording, committee members have turned their attention to whether burglary victims are getting the best response regarding forensic examination. Police forensic examiners attend around 50 crimes scenes a day in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent – focusing on scenes where there is the greatest possibility of recovering evidence such as fingerprints or DNA.
 
The committee scrutinised police decision-making on burglary reports which didn’t get a forensic response, listening to victims’ calls to police and reading the police crime logs. It will release its findings in the next few weeks.
 
Mr Ellis said: “This is another valuable piece of work by the ETA and is exactly what they are here for – to open up the police to even greater public scrutiny.
 
“Honest and independent scrutiny by the public is crucial as we strive to set the bar higher and create a new dawn of transparency in policing.
 
“This new added rigour and a bigger remit that has been given to the ETA has already helped scrutinise crime recording to make sure decisions made by the police are correct and in the victims’ best interests.
 
 The committee is holding Staffordshire Police, and myself as the PCC, to account and ensuring actions taken and decisions made are open, honest and transparent. We’re looking for more members of the public to step forward and help with this.”It’s about making sure things change where change is needed, so that public confidence is increased.”
 
Staffordshire’s Chief Constable Mike Cunningham added: “Forensics play a vital part in our crime investigations and we strive to get the very best outcome from the contribution these highly specialist staff make every day. We aim to deliver outstanding service to victims of crime and the results of forensic examination support that aim. We welcome the additional rigour and openness the Ethics, Transparency and Audit Committee brings to this important area of our work.”
 
The committee recently reviewed records from wide-ranging crimes including rape and other sexual offences, affray, anti-social behaviour including those marked for no further action. Out of a sample of 80 crimes only three required further explanation, two needed clarification and one was re-examined.
 
Members concluded that recording and auditing methods were robust and the public should be reassured that Staffordshire Police have a high degree of accuracy and quality in their crime recording systems.
 
More details about the committee are available at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/eta
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Over 2,000 vehicles have been seized by Staffordshire Police officers in the first year of a landmark crackdown on car insurance dodgers.

Cars Behind Bars was instigated by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis and has proved popular with people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The campaign carried out by Staffordshire Police has seen 2,004 cars, vans, motorcycles, mopeds, lorries and even a tractor seized -- with 665 vehicles scrapped -- since it was launched in May 2013.

A total of 60 higher value uninsured vehicles have been sold off at auction raising over £35,000 in the last 12 months -- with the proceeds going back into local communities in Staffordshire.

Mr Ellis said: "Since its launch a year ago, the crackdown on insurance dodgers has been far and away the most popular thing raised with me by people I've spoken to across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

"Over 2,000 people have now had to learn their lesson the hard way thanks to tremendous work by officers from Staffordshire Police. Those who drive without insurance can't hide in Staffordshire. They are being caught and dealt with by having their vehicles seized and, in many cases, scrapped.

"It's definitely struck a chord with law-abiding motorists who are hit by rising premiums because of these law-breakers. Why should all pay more because some people don't pay at all?

"It's clear that the message is hitting home as the number of insured motorists on Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent roads has risen significantly during the crackdown."

Some of the vehicles seized since the campaign launched can be viewed at www.staffordshire.police.uk/carsbehindba­rs

Cars Behind Bars uses Staffordshire's extensive automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system that identifies those flouting the law.

Officers from Staffordshire Police's Roads Policing Team were again carrying out checks across the county and Stoke-on-Trent today to apprehend uninsured vehicles.

Chief Superintendent Jon Drake, from Staffordshire Police, said: "In seconds the ANPR system identifies vehicles that are uninsured, as well as those that have no tax or suspected of being involved in other crimes.

"As well as specific operations like today's, it's also part of daily activities for officers to seek out and target those committing these offences. We often find that those who choose to drive on our roads without insurance are linked to other criminal offences such as theft and burglary."

The fixed penalty fine for people who are caught without insurance was increased nationally from £200 to £300 in August 2013. Motorists also face their car being seized, could be summoned to court and be disqualified, and an endorsement of six penalty points. Drivers re-claiming their car when they have proof of insurance have to pay £150 car recovery costs plus £20 per day storage.
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Charity concert raises the roof and thousands of pounds!
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A new strategy to beat business crime in Staffordshire was centre stage at a regional conference.
 
Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is determined to end the perception that crimes against local businesses are “victimless.”
 
He has commissioned the Business Crime Matters strategy which is being spearheaded by his deputy Sue Arnold, herself a former president of Southern Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce.
 
Mrs Arnold was invited to speak about the strategy at Crimestoppers’ Midlands Regional Conference on Thursday, 13 March. The conference, at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, brought together law enforcement agencies, commercial organisations, Neighbourhood Watch and others to look at ways of making communities safer.
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More funding is going towards community safety in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Money has been allocated to local areas through the Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis’ Locality Deal Fund.

It will deliver what’s important to local people based on the four priorities set out in the Commissioner’s Safer, Fairer, United Communities Strategy – tackling the root causes of crime through early intervention, supporting victims and witnesses better, reducing reoffending and increasing public confidence.
 
Mr Ellis said: “It’s time to trust local areas to deliver what’s right for local people. That’s what I’ve committed to do and that’s what I’m doing.
 
“I have significantly increased the funding that local areas have to make their communities safer.
 
“Providing more money at a local level in this way will help deliver the best community safety solutions for people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
 
“What’s more, this funding is guaranteed until 2016 rather than on a 12-month basis which gives a greater chance for continuity instead of having to plan ‘exit strategies’ at the outset.”
 
Funding will go to local community safety partnership for the financial year 2014/15. Eighty per cent will be provided initially with a further 20 per cent following in October subject to successful evaluation of local achievements.
 
The Locality Deal Fund is the largest part of £2.5 million of Commissioner’s Community Funding for 2014/15.
 
Two other funding streams will provide funding to local community safety projects. The Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund is seeing 100 per cent of funding received by Staffordshire Police going back into local communities, through grants of between £3,000 and £15,000. It is made up of money seized from criminals as Staffordshire Police continue to robustly strip offenders of their assets.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner’s People Power Fund empowers local groups to find solutions to community safety problems through smaller grants of between £100 and £3,000.
 
For more details visit http://www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/fund/
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