Local News

New powerful tool against the bad guys

The number of people who are signing up for the new Staffordshire Smart Alerts is rising nicely.We've developed it over the last year because I firmly believe that the power of people and communities working in partnership with the police across Staffordshire can turn the screw further on criminals and those who cause harm. 

SPACE 2016 starts in 45 days

45 days until the start of 2016 SPACE activities for 11 to 17 year olds during the summer hols. Originally from the 80s & 90s I brought it back in a revamped form in 2015.As promised if I was re-elected, it's back again this year.

Road safety review and new fund may help

Been to a lot of places this last couple of weeks that clearly have villages with long straight main roads running through them that are a haven as a foot down racetrack.It's a long standing and really difficult issue to tackle and there are some community speedwatch groups who are having a good amount of success. Lots of aspirations in local areas for physical solutions via highways work but it is costly at a time when our everyday roads are in need of urgent attention which is finally starting to happen.

Crime is changing fast & policing must too

Even in the 3 years that I have been involved with policing the crimes and the potential people orientated harm has changed immensely. Partly society, partly if you go looking you find it and significantly because of the Internet, social media and the fact that the world is shrinking communications wise because of technology. The Internet has been an immense force for good but it's also been an opportunity for criminals to harm more people from a safe distance.

Faster personalised support for victims

The best thing for victims of crime is not to be a victim in the first place but in reality there will sadly always be victims one way or another so it’s crucial they are better supported in a very personal way that suits their needs and particular situation.

Criminals must pay

In 2013 I changed the rules here so that local communities directly benefit from 100% of the share of ill-gotten gains received by police after the Court process.

Mental Health in cells down 81% since 2013

I was surprised and disturbed in 2013 to find that the previous year nearly 200 people suffering from a mental health condition ended up in a Staffordshire Police cell despite not committing a crime.It had been a problem for police in Staffordshire and right across the country for many years and struck me as being in the too difficult to do box across agencies and national Government.

5700 insurance dodgers off our roads since 2013

Why should we all pay higher vehicle insurance premiums because some don’t pay at all? In June 2013 after I was elected I asked the police to instigate a high profile crackdown on targeting uninsured drivers.

Staffordshire Police Cadets enhancing young lives

I promised before the first PCC election that I’d establish a young Police Cadets Service for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Nothing to do with recruiting to the police but everything to do with young people between 14 and 17 having an opportunity to be involved with a uniformed, disciplined service that builds confidence, skills and good citizenship.

Good night at Wolstanton Rotary Club

I have thoroughly enjoyed talking to nearly two dozen Rotary Clubs and Womens' Institutes so far this year. It's always a warm welcome and usually pretty intense debate on some of the most difficult subjects around policing, security and societal challenges faced.