New policing model allows officers to save person’s life
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Local officers working in neighbourhood and response teams worked together to save the life of a vulnerable person in Stafford.
Both teams, who are now working together as part of the force’s new police operating model, responded to reports of a person in distress on Friday 15 July.
PCSOs within the local policing team (LPT) used their community knowledge and contacts to trace the whereabouts of the person. Once they were located, officers from neighbourhood and response from Stafford LPT were rapidly deployed to the area.
Whilst police worked at the scene, the force’s control room continued to provide reassurance and guidance to ensure the team could deal with the incident effectively and calmly.
Sergeant Steve Windridge, of Stafford LPT, who attended the incident, said: “I feel incredibly lucky to be working alongside such a fantastic and proud team of officers.
“Our LPT has been adapting to the new operating model and liaising within our communities to develop our extensive local knowledge, which has been put on full display in our response to this incident.
“Officers have put themselves in the right place at the right time and acted instinctively to save a person in crisis.
“Once we arrived back at Stafford Police Station, we ensured our officers’ well-being was in the right place and positive reflection on their efforts were discussed amongst the team.”
Chief Inspector Giles Parsons, of the Stafford LPT, said: “This is an excellent example of how our officers are working as a collective local force to investigate and resolve reports within our communities.
“I would like to commend the PCSOs, PCs and response officers who have acted so swiftly to action these reports and ultimately save the life of a vulnerable person.
“Whilst it is always good to highlight fantastic policing results like this, we remain committed to the new model and utilizing a hyper-localised approach to tackling crime and vulnerability within Staffordshire.”