UTTOXETER’S residents and businesses have been handed another boost after police chiefs announced they were set to appoint even more officers.
Last year, a series of burglaries in town led to widespread criticism for police bosses leaving Uttoxeter under-resourced, with community leaders calling for more patrols.
In May, Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis announced Staffordshire Police would appoint 42 new officers, promising the move would result in ‘higher visibility’ in Uttoxeter.
And now, after 3,000 applications were received for the constables’ posts, Staffordshire Police has announced it will take on an extra 38 officers.
Staffordshire Police Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said: “The level of interest in joining our team has been astounding.
“We have therefore agreed to bring forward some of next year’s recruitment to the current process.
“We are now 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.”
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: “The recruits will make a big difference to Uttoxeter as they’ll be spread across priority areas - and the town is one of these areas.”