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Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police provides policing services to the county of Staffordshire. The police force area covers 1,048 square miles in the midland of England. Although there are some more affluent areas, Staffordshire has a high level of poverty. Around 1.1 million people mainly live within the urban centres which include the city of Stoke-on-Trent and the towns of Burton-upon-Trent and Stafford. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for Staffordshire
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s Wales and Western region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Staffordshire Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Staffordshire Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

The extent to which Staffordshire Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Staffordshire Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Staffordshire Police’s performance this year, including where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Staffordshire

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.






Key facts

Force Area

1,048 square miles


1.11m people 5% local 10 yr change


78% frontline 78% national level
2.8 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
18% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)


45p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

Early intervention – tackling root causes to stop crime before it happens

Supporting victims and witnesses – a more joined up system for victims and witnesses to receive the support they need

Managing offenders – preventing offending in the first place and reducing the likelihood of re-offending

Public confidence – making sure everything that happens contributes to individuals and communities feeling safer

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Most of what is happening in Staffordshire is about the Police and Crime Commissioner and others working more collaboratively together, combining ambition and budgets to spend better and achieve more. In Staffordshire, this starts with joined-up thinking at a senior level across all services. Executives from local authorities, Probation, Prisons, CPS, Courts, the Fire Service, Safeguarding Boards and the two universities in Staffordshire are developing ways to work better as a more joined up system for Staffordshire. The PCC’s obsession that it’s not CPS or NHS or police or council money…it’s all public money, has started to break down the old silo mentality in favour of working towards common outcomes.

Staffordshire PCC

Matthew-Ellis-PCC-StaffordshireMatthew Ellis


Staffordshire Police


Chief Constable Jane Sawyers, appointed in
June 2015