County History

Staffordshire is located in the heart of Britain and offers a wealth of heritage to explore from natural beauty and historic architecture to a significant industrial past.  It also offers a wide range of leisure and cultural opportunities. With a population of approximately 1.1m, the county is bordered by Cheshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Derbyshire. The county town is Stafford with other major centres being Stoke on Trent, Lichfield, Tamworth, Newcastle under Lyme and Burton upon Trent.


Staffordshire Police, under the leadership of Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, is responsible for policing the county. Its headquarters are based at Weston Road in Stafford.  Policing in Staffordshire is locally-based with 22 locations across the county.


Staffordshire has a Crown Court in Stafford presided over by The Recorder of Stafford, His Honour Judge Michael Chambers QC. There is also a Crown Court in Stoke on Trent.

Coroner’s Office

There is a Coroner’s Office in Stafford. HM Coroner Andrew Haigh is Staffordshire South Coroner in Stafford. HM Coroner Ian Smith is Stoke on Trent & North Staffordshire Coroner.

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Matthew Ellis is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and is based at Police HQ in Stafford. Sue Arnold is Deputy Commissioner.


Chairman of the Staffordshire Magistrates Bench is Robert Chumley-Roberts.  Magistrates Courts are based in Burton on Trent, Cannock, Newcastle under Lyme and Stafford.

Probation Service

The Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company manages low and medium risk offenders in the community, those subject to a court order and those released from prison on licence. The CRC has offices in Stafford, Tamworth, Leek, Stoke, Hanley and Longton. The National Probation Service manages high risk offenders.

There are eight prisons in Staffordshire:

  • YOI Brinsford
  • HMP Dovegate
  • HMP Featherstone
  • HMP Oakwood
  • HMP Drake Hall
  • HMP Stafford
  • HMP Swinfen Hall
  • YOI Werrington

Parliamentary Constituencies

There are 12 Parliamentary Constituencies in the county:

  • Burton upon Trent
  • Cannock Chase
  • Lichfield
  • Newcastle Under Lyme
  • South Staffordshire
  • Stafford
  • Staffordshire Moorlands
  • Stoke on Trent Central
  • Stoke on Trent North
  • Stoke on Trent South
  • Stone
  • Tamworth