Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is delighted to announce that Chief Constable, Mike Cunningham, has agreed to extend his contract with the force until September 2017.
Mr Ellis said, “I welcome Mike’s decision to accept my offer of an extended contract. During my first two months in the role of PCC, it has been clear that he is the right person to take Staffordshire Police forward.
“He will play a key leadership role in delivering my ambitious plans for the police and criminal justice service in Staffordshire. We will work together with community safety partners and make policing more visible, accessible and responsive to the needs of Staffordshire people.
“At a time when nationally other forces are facing uncertainty with vacant Chief Constable posts, this extension will continue to provide stability in Staffordshire and enable us to get on with the job of making our county safer.”
Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said, “I am delighted to accept this new contract. I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years as Chief Constable. There have been many challenges and opportunities.
“We have continued, year on year, to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and maintain high levels of victim satisfaction. This is a tremendous tribute to the hard work and dedication of all officers and staff.
“I’m excited about leading Staffordshire Police over the next few years as we work with our partners to make communities even safer.”
Mr Cunningham, who was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal (QPM) last week in the New Year’s honours list, joined the force in September 2009. His contract was due to expire in 2014.