Matthew Ellis (police commissioner)
|Matthew Clyde Ellis|
|Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner|
Assumed office |
15 November 2012
|Preceded by||Office created|
Matthew Clyde Ellis is the Conservative Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner. He is the first person to hold the post and was elected on 15 November 2012. He has a background in business, setting up a sports retail company aged 19 and selling the business aged 37. After a 2-year break he became involved in local politics and was elected to Staffordshire County Council where he was political lead for Social Care.
In November 2012 he was elected as Staffordshire's first PCC. He won the poll ahead of Labour's Joy Garner in a turnout of 11.6% - the lowest in the country. He considers himself a reformer and set out to make policing in the county the most open and transparent in the country. He claims he instigated the first ever UK rollout of body-worn video to all frontline officers and credits himself with raising the issue of mental health in police custody to the national agenda leading to significant reductions in the practice of using police cells as a place of safety.
He was responsible for Boeing Defence's first venture into civil policing in the UK when he agreed a ten-year £100million contract to privatise police ICT in Staffordshire. He also privatised maintenance of police stations and buildings by giving that contract to Kier. This led to criticism from members of Staffordshire Police Federation who claim that services have worsened.
He instigated the first move away from national provision of victim support services to a local victim gateway after responsibility was devolved by Government to PCCs.
Nationally he led the review into the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on behalf of all PCCs which led to the abolition of that organisation and played a major role in the establishment of a new body to replace it called the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).
After being re-elected for a second term in 2016 with a turnout of 21.57% , he once again visited the need to reform mental health services to avoid inadvertent and inappropriate entry of individuals with mental ill health into the criminal justice system. He continues his drive to reform public services so they work in a more joined up effective way and is an advocate for public services intervening earlier to prevent harm before it happens.
Since his appointment police officer numbers have fallen from 1948 to 1595 (as of March 2017). The number of Special Constables has also fallen from 512 to 254 over the same period.
Staffordshire Police has 142 police officers per 100000 of population; ranking 41st out of national forces.
Since Ellis' appointment, there has been a significant increase in recorded crime, from 7371 in November 2012 to 11459 in June 2018. (Source: http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN00634/SN00634.pdf)
In 2018, the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd agreed to Ellis' proposal to merge the governance of Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. This was despite huge opposition from Councillors, Local Authorities within the county and the public.
- "Staffordshire police and crime commissioner results". BBC News. BBC. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.