Staffordshire Police

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Staffordshire Police
Logo of the Staffordshire Police
Agency overview
Formed 1968 (1968)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Staffordshire, UK
England Police Forces (Staffordshire).svg
Map of Staffordshire Police's jurisdiction.
Size 2,713
Population approx. 1,062,500
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Weston Road, Stafford
Sworn members 1,829 (of which 429 are Special Constables) [1]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Matthew Ellis
Agency executive Jane Sawyers, Chief Constable
Stations 19
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Staffordshire Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands of England. It is made up of nine Local Policing Teams, whose boundaries are matched to the nine local authorities within Staffordshire.


pre-1968 Staffordshire police helmet, in the collection of Staffordshire County Museum

A combined force covering Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, called Staffordshire County and Stoke-on-Trent Constabulary, was established on 1 January 1968, as a merger of the Staffordshire County Police and Stoke-on-Trent City Police. This force lost areas to the new West Midlands Police in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 and adopted a shorter name.[2]

Under proposals made by the Home Secretary on 6 February 2006, it would have merged with Warwickshire Constabulary, West Mercia Constabulary and West Midlands Police to form a single strategic force for the West Midlands region.[3] However these plans have not been taken forward largely due to public opposition.

For 2005/06 Staffordshire police topped the Home Office chart as being the best performing police force in England and Wales.[4]


Staffordshire Police is one of three forces involved in the Central Motorway Police Group along with West Midlands Police and West Mercia Police. This unit provides roads policing for the motorway network in the West Midlands (mainly M5, M6 and M42). Staffordshire Police has no other roads policing capacity; this was disbanded in 1999 during the major force reorganisation that also saw the mounted branch disbanded. The Force shares air support with the adjoining West Mercia Constabulary which forms the Central Counties Air Operations Unit.[5] based at Wolverhampton Airport in South Staffordshire.

In September 2008, the force announced that it intended to vacate the Cannock Road site and sell it for housing development, moving HQ staff to Lanchester Court, next to the existing Weston Road premises.[6][7]

Staffordshire Police Authority, a separate organisation charged with oversight of the force, has 9 councillors (drawn from both Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council), 3 justices of the peace, and 5 independent members.

Officers killed in the line of duty

The Police Roll of Honour Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty, and since its establishment in 1984 has erected over 38 memorials to some of those officers.

The following officers of Staffordshire Police are listed by the Trust as having died attempting to prevent, stop or solve a crime, since the turn of the 20th century:[8]

  • PC William Ezra Price, 1903 (fatally injured attempting to arrest three men)
  • PC Brinley James Booth, 1946 (bludgeoned to death while attempting to arrest a suspect)
  • PC John David Taylor, 1986 (pushed out of a building by a suspect)

Staffordshire Police Cadets

The Staffordshire Police Cadet scheme aims to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship.{[9]}

Police and Crime Commissioner

In November 2012, the Staffordshire's first Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, was elected. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the individual elected is responsible for reducing crime and making the area they represent safer. The PCC decides how much council tax people will pay towards community safety services and policing and is personally accountable for all the public money spent.

See also


  1. "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2013". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Home Office circular (link no longer functioning, and document not found on
  3. "Police mergers outlined by Clarke". BBC News. 6 February 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Police forces' success compared". BBC. 24 October 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Air Operations Unit". Website of Staffordshire Police. Staffordshire Police. Retrieved 5 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Police plan housing at HQ". 10 April 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Police to join forces in HQ". 1 September 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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