CRIME levels in Staffordshire are down five per cent, figures have revealed.
The county saw a reduction in crime to the year ending September 2012, including ‘key’ areas such as violence and burglary.
But while offences in Staffordshire were on the slide, it has done little for public confidence in the force.
Just over half of people in the county - 58 per cent - believe that Staffordshire Police are dealing with local concerns.
Assistant Chief Constable Julian Blazeby insisted the force was committed to driving down crime further, using last week’s Burton drugs raids as a prime example.
He said: “The crime bulletin shows that crime fell in Staffordshire by five per cent in the 12 months to September 2012. This represents hundreds of fewer victims across the county.
“We’re determined to continue to drive down crime in Staffordshire as shown by last week’s Operation Nemesis raids which saw 16 people charged with serious drug supply offences in Burton.”