I've been clear from the start, 3 years ago, that the big challenge for the PCC role were proving it can, if done well, drive effective and efficient policing by tackling the big issues head on. Crtical, was getting finances back on track and preparing policing for changing crime types, a changing society and a shrinking world because of technology.
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent hasn't suffered the big cuts to policing numbers that so many areas have, infact since I was elected neighbourhhod numbers are actually six higher than 2013 ... not many more but at least it's not less. It's the changing crime and changing circumstances we must help the police service in our area adapt to.
Better finance is crucial to that because without the room we've created for new investment over the last three years I wouldn't have been able to start what is a genuine 'tech revolution' in Staffordshire. It is fast moving towards my ambition for Staffordshire Police to be the most technologically advanced local force in the country.
Using money more effectively, preparing the police here for fast changing and different threats and making policing generally more accountable to local people in each part of Staffordshire is the bedrock of the six year strategy I set out in 2013. Working hand in glove with Staffordshire Police we're bang on track at the half way point of that strategy. I really want the chance of completing the journey.
On my new website, you’ll be able to find the latest news, campaigns and photographs which I hope give a sense of what I'm trying to do and how people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can, and are, playing an important part in the success to date..