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More bobbies on the beat in Staffordshire despite falling officer numbers overall

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

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THE number of frontline police officers in Staffordshire has increased over the past 12 months, despite the fact the county's force has been forced to make some of the most severe cuts in the UK.

The force is also on track to meet £8 million worth of savings over the next two years.

Staffordshire Police came in for glowing praise from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) following a challenging 12 months.

The inspectorate praised the force's efforts in increasing police presence on the streets at a time when officer numbers continue to dwindle.

It also continues to have the highest victim satisfaction rate of any in the UK.

Dru Sharpling, HMIC for the Wales and Western region said: "Staffordshire Police has made excellent progress. It has a secure financial position for the short and medium term, having already delivered all of the savings it needs a year ahead of schedule, and it has also found all of the savings it needs for 2015/16.

"HMIC is impressed that, despite the force having reduced its police officer strength by 23 per cent since 2010, it has worked creatively and tirelessly to maintain a strong focus on improving service quality and putting the victim at the centre of policing. Crime has reduced, and victim satisfaction is the highest in England and Wales."

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