STAFFORDSHIRE Police has been rated 'outstanding' in providing value for money in tackling crime and keeping communities safe.
A report issued by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) examined how forces in England and Wales offer value for money to the communities they serve.
Staffordshire was highly commended for providing a high quality of service and putting the victim at the centre of policing - despite seeing a 23 per cent reduction in the number of officers since 2010.
The report also said: "The force has reduced spending considerably and at the same time continued to do an excellent job in fighting crime and keeping its communities safe. It is developing ambitious and innovative plans to become even more efficient and effective."
It was noted that crime has reduced in the region and victim satisfaction is one of the highest in England and Wales
Chief constable Mike Cunningham said: "I welcome the HMIC report which commends Staffordshire Police with an outstanding rating.
" It is our duty to make sure we do the very best to tackle the issues that matter most to our communities. We have achieved this high rating thanks to the dedication and professional approach of our officers, staff and volunteers."
Both the Leicestershire and Derbyshire constabularies were rated 'good'' in the HMIC report.