Staffordshire Police launches community engagement operation
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Staffordshire Police has launched its latest dedicated community engagement operation following the introduction of its new policing model earlier this year.
The operation, which starts on Monday 12 September, will see all local policing teams (LPTs) provide additional opportunities for local residents to speak with officers about any concerns and issues that matter to them.
It follows the launch of the new policing model, at the end of June this year, designed to strengthen the force’s focus on local policing and partnerships. The new model sees emergency response officers operate from 10 local areas alongside neighbourhood officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). It means more officers having greater understanding of local needs in each area, enabling greater police visibility and capability to problem solve.
Throughout this latest operation, LPTs will be carrying out walk-and-talk events, online chats and engagement in high-footfall areas including high streets, supermarkets, cafés and other key areas where there will be visible engagement stands.
Officers will be on hand to help provide advice, interventions and sign-post as necessary to partner services.
The intensification will be supported by proactive enforcement activity with specific focus on roads policing, county lines drug supply, tackling anti-social behaviour and ensuring suspects appear in court.
Chief Superintendent, Elliott Sharrard-Williams, leading the operation, said: “It’s vitally important we provide additional opportunity for the public to engage with us.
"Local knowledge and intelligence is so important in helping us respond to local issues and tackle them effectively.
“We are always proactive in our pursuit of offenders and throughout this intensification it will be no different.
"We will be utilising our intelligence and that which the public provide, to go after those that are intent in committing crime and bringing fear or misery to local communities.”