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Staffordshire Police
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Area covered
Area Staffordshire
Size 2,713
Population approx. 1,062,500
Operations
Formed 1968
HQ Cannock Road, Stafford
Officers 2,309
Divisions 4
Stations 19
Chief Constable Michael Cunningham
Website Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands of England. It is made up of four territorial Divisions; Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffs., Chase and Trent Valley.

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History

A combined force covering Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, called Staffordshire County and Stoke-on-Trent Constabulary was established on January 1, 1968, as a merger of the Staffordshire County Police and Stoke-on-Trent City Police. This force lost areas to the new West Midlands Police in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 and adopted a shorter name.[1]

Under proposals made by the Home Secretary on February 6, 2006, it would merge with Warwickshire Constabulary, West Mercia Constabulary and West Midlands Police to form a single strategic force for the West Midlands region.[2] However these plans have not be taken forward largely due to public opposition.

Organisation

Staffordshire Police is one of three forces involved in the Central Motorway Police Group along with West Midlands Police and Warwickshire Constabulary. This unit provides roads policing for the motorway network in the West Midlands (mainly M5, M6 and M42). Staffordshire Police has no other roads policing capacity; this was disbanded in 1999 during the major force reorganisation that also saw the mounted branch disbanded.

In September 2008, the force announced that it intended to vacate the Cannock Road site and sell it for housing development, moving HQ staff to Lanchester Court, next to the existing Weston Road premises.[3][4]

Staffordshire Police Authority, a separate organisation charged with oversight of the force, has 9 councillers (drawn from both Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council), 3 justices of the peace, and 5 independent members.

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