FIGURES have revealed that Staffordshire Police have lost a higher percentage of Police officers than any other force in the country.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that Staffordshire Police have lost 704 police officers between 2007 and 2017; this is a reduction of almost 30%. With there now being just 1654 Police officer for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent compared to 2358 in 2007.
In addition to this there has also been a reduction of 121 Special Constables, that is over 31%; there has however been an increase of 34 Police Community Support officers, from 204 to 238 across the County.
The losses continue, with a reduction of 256 Police Staff – civilian employees across the county, with a number of these being due to the closure of 24/7 public enquiry offices. Some of these reductions are also due to ‘efficiency savings’ by changing in roles and sharing some units with neighbouring forces and the fire service.
A new post within Staffordshire Police, Investigation Officers has seen 101 ‘civilian investigators’ employed to assist officers with investigations that don’t require the powers of a police officer.
Overall, Staffordshire Police has lost 20.2% of its total staff and officers in the ten years between 2007 and 2017.
Neighbouring force West Midlands Police has seen a reduction of 18.1% of Police Officers and 6.4% in Police Staff.
The statistics for Staffordshire Police can be seen below: