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Staffordshire Police serves more than 1.1m people across a geographic area of 1,000 square miles ranging from the rural areas of Staffordshire Moorlands to major urban areas such as Stoke-on-Trent (which accounts for just over 20% of the population), Tamworth, Cannock and Burton-upon-Trent. Staffordshire includes some of the region’s busiest roads networks, including the M6.

The force is facing sustained high levels of demand, growing complexity and vulnerability in areas like child safeguarding, and increases in serious violent crime, the continuing threat posed by ‘county lines’ drug dealing, and complex issues like domestic abuse, child abuse and exploitation.

To tackle these issues, in 2018 the force implemented a new operating model with investment in neighbourhood policing, prioritising prevention and early intervention, increased capacity in investigations, and a modernised response service, all focused on protecting the most vulnerable in our communities. The force now has ten local policing teams and other specialist staff work within investigative and operational support directorates. The force has also invested in a missing persons investigation team; enhanced roads policing capability; digital investigations; disruption capability; and forensic triage.

Partnership working is an integral aspect of the force’s approach and strong governance and relationships enables it to work constructively with local authorities and government agencies to safeguard people and communities.

The force is undergoing an IT transformation which includes the implementation of a new records management system. It has launched its Knowledge Hub which is transforming the force’s analytical capability, enabling it to recognise crime trends and patterns more swiftly, bringing together intelligence and information that supports officers and staff. These systems are central to the modernisation of the force which is being driven through its ‘People First’ strategy. This is enabling the development of a strong and positive organisational culture and more modern, efficient ways of working.

Disclaimer: the above statement has been prepared by Staffordshire Police. The views and information in it are not necessarily those of HMICFRS.