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Coroner's Office

Justice Services has the responsibility for the police staff employed at the Coroner's offices at Hartshill, Stafford and Burton.

Our Coroner's Officers provide specialist advice in an ethical and empathic manner in accordance with appropriate legislation, policies and procedures.

The Police Coroners are split into two teams, one team supports the HM Coroner Mr Smith in the North, whilst the second team supports HM Coroner Mr Haigh in South of the County.

The key aims are:

  • To assist and support the HM Coroner and the police in their investigation of unnatural deaths within their jurisdiction and to determine whether or not an inquest is required.
  • To liaise with bereaved families, medical professionals, witnesses, and police officers in order to ascertain identity.
  • Removal of bodies so that Coroner's cases are dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Their focus will be on issues of quality in respect of completing paperwork:

  • To ensure that all the circumstances and details of sudden/suspicious deaths are correctly registered and investigated.
  • Identification of deceased and details of the next of kin obtained and recorded.
  • Medical history, occupation and medication taken by deceased.
  • Any marks or injuries found on deceased noted.
  • To ensure all paperwork is submitted as soon as possible.

Our Service

Staffordshire Coroner's Officers offer an emergency out of hours service to cover the whole of Staffordshire County. Contact can be made with the nominated person via the Duty Officer in the Police Area Communications Room. This service is available 7 days a week. The aim of this initiative is to provide a better needs-based service to ensure that all sudden, unexpected and suspicious deaths are investigated through the police thus assisting other partners with procedural and registration issues.