Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire PCC Matthew Ellis is sworn in

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham and Matthew Ellis
Image caption Mr Ellis will work with the chief constable, Mike Cunningham to manage the force's £192m budget.

A swearing-in ceremony has been held for Staffordshire's new police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Conservative Matthew Ellis has taken over from the police authority and will be responsible for setting the police budget and priorities.

He won the poll ahead of Labour's Joy Garner in a turnout of 11.6% - the lowest in the country.

The ceremony took place at the force headquarters at Weston Road in Stafford on Wednesday.

Mr Ellis swore to an oath of impartiality which was written by the Home Office for the occasion.

'More coppers'

During the ceremony, Mr Ellis said he was "immensely disappointed with the turnout and lack of public interest."

He said: "I think it was quite understandable with people not knowing what this new position is about and having some real concerns.

"Those concerns don't have grounds but I understand why the independence of the police service is so important to people."

Mr Ellis said he had a three-year plan to "increase the visibility of policing" in the county.

"People want the reassurance of seeing more coppers about and I think we can do that within the financial envelope we have got," he said.

Staffordshire Police needs to find savings of £38.7m over the next four years.

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