LAW enforcement in East Staffordshire has received a boost after police chiefs announced they were set to appoint more officers.
Staffordshire Police revealed 80 new bobbies are set to walk the beat across the county – 38 more than were originally sought.
Senior figures within the force have insisted the move will result in a ‘higher visibility’ in Burton and the surrounding areas.
Staffordshire’s Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said: “The level of interest in joining our team has been astounding, and the good news for those that applied is that I have been working with Staffordshire’s police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis and we have agreed to bring forward some of next year’s recruitment to the current process.
“Therefore we are looking to recruit 80 police officers from the current recruitment process, rather than the 42 previously announced.
“However, this will not mean we will lower the standards expected of those joining Staffordshire Police.
“We want the very best applicants to join the force and those unable to demonstrate the standard required will not get in, but based on the initial view of the applications we are hopeful we will find all 80 from the current process we have had.”
Mr Ellis said the new recruits would be served by technology to record information while on patrol and ensure they are deployed in the areas where they are most needed.
He said: “This is tremendous news for people across Staffordshire.
“It comes on the back of the Chief Constable and I agreeing to cancel the planned reductions to neighbourhood policing numbers and reflects the significantly improved financial position here.
“New investment in technology later this year to free up police time to do more policing, new officers coming in and much greater financial stability mean that things are looking pretty good.
“It’s testament to the hard work Staffordshire Police and my office have done over the last year to get things where they are now, and I’m delighted.”
There will be five intakes of 16 officers, with the first set joining the force in October.