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'Most cops in town for 15 years' in Uttoxeter says crime commissioner

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

By Richard Castle

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UTTOXTER'S police and crime commissioner has promised more officers in town than at any point in the last 15 years.

Matthew Ellis' pledge comes after he signed a contract to bring in new technology that will save officers from thousands of hours of bureaucracy.

The Advertiser reported earlier this year the technology, which had not then been secured, would allow police to record information while patrolling the beat to avoid time stuck behind a desk.

Devices will also be set up to help establish which areas are most in need of patrols – meaning more cops on the beat in Uttoxeter.

Mr Ellis was speaking after he held a surgery at Tesco, in Town Meadows Way, to find out people's views about crime in Uttoxeter.

He said: "I think the police are doing a good job in Uttoxeter and I was pleasantly surprised at how few concerns residents had when I spoke to them.

"And things will only get better when our new mobile technology comes in to free up thousands of hours of police time.

"We're likely to see more officers on the beat than at any time in the last 15 years.

"When I last spoke on this matter, the contracts hadn't been signed.

"But now everything's agreed and the technology will be rolled out in the near future, which really excites me."

Mr Ellis told The Advertiser concerns were expressed about motorists speeding in the area surrounding Tesco and in the supermarket's car park at night.

Mr Ellis has written to Staffordshire Highways as he attempts to address the issue with police and the county council.

The commissioner also revealed he is looking to reinstate the police cadets in every region in Staffordshire, including Uttoxeter, 'towards the end of the year'.

Mr Ellis also said he would like to reduce the number of burglaries in Uttoxeter.

Last year there were a spate of break-ins resulting in sentimentally and financially valuable items being taken from people's homes.

He said: "The statistics show there hasn't actually been a rise in burglaries in Uttoxeter recently, but I know it's still an area people are concerned about.

"I know police commanders are paying close attention to burglary and it will be discussed in detail at the next performance meeting."

Mr Ellis has been performing surgeries across the county to gauge crime and disorder issues in each specific area.

He said the events had been 'incredibly productive' and he was 'very encouraged' by people's knowledge of his office's work.

More information is online at www.matthewellis.cc.

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