Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today unveiled her fourth annual report after presenting it to the body which scrutinises her work.
Jane Kennedy has released her 2015/16 Annual Report following a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel at which she talked through the report to members, who have now formally endorsed it.
The report details the extensive work carried out by the Commissioner over the last financial year, between 1st April 2015, and 31st March 2016, and gives both the Panel and the public the chance to review and appraise her progress in delivering her police and crime priorities.
Those priorities - preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, providing a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style, tackling serious and organised crime and supporting victims, protecting vulnerable people and maintaining public safety – were set when the Commissioner released a refreshed Police and Crime Plan in September 2015.
The 37-page report also details the Commissioner’s work to engage with the communities of Merseyside over the last 12 months, including her campaigns and the work she carries out in partnership with Merseyside’s community safety organisations, and the progress of her Victim Care Merseyside service following its official launch in June last year.
A one-page summary document of the report has also been produced which will be distributed across Merseyside to publicise its release and draw attention to the headline figures from the year.
Jane said: “Producing an annual report each year gives me an important opportunity to reflect on the challenges and achievements from the previous 12 months.
“It’s been another busy year, full of memorable moments. Undoubtedly, the most important of all was when the government bowed to public pressure and did a dramatic U-turn on the disastrous budget cuts they were planning to impose on our police service. This was a major relief, but despite this promise the government are still expecting the Force to cut a further £5m per year up to 2021.
“There have been many successes to celebrate; Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary assessing Merseyside Police’s response to serious and organised crime as ‘outstanding’, the recruitment of new police officers for the first time in three years and the launch of the Victim Care Merseyside service.
“I’ve also taken inspiration from many of my day-to-day activities – meeting the officers, PCSOs and staff of Merseyside Police as they go about their working lives serving the public and protecting our communities, attending dozens of community events and talking to people across Merseyside about the issues that matter most to them.
“Our police service continues to change but, despite having fewer people than ever before, Merseyside Police remains effective and efficient.
“Releasing my fourth annual report gives me the opportunity to once again thank the entire Force for their efforts and applaud their resilience and energy. There are significant challenges facing them. Budget pressures will affect the way services are resourced, structured and delivered. The types of crime and the way in which they are committed continues to change, but I know the police will continue to meet these challenges head on.
“I was honoured to be re-elected in May to continue in this role for a further four years and I promise to continue to do everything I can to commission the best possible police service to all the communities of Merseyside.”
The annual report details the PCC’s on-going efforts to set a balanced budget in the face of government cuts and how she is working with the Chief Constable to use the available resources in the most effective and efficient way to deliver policing on Merseyside.
It also details the time the PCC commits to meeting members of the public and the progress of the voluntary schemes she runs including the Independent Custody Visiting scheme (ICV) and her Youth Advisory Group.
The Commissioner has a statutory responsibility to produce an Annual Report and, as she has done for the last two years, Jane took the decision to provide a draft version to the Panel so they could provide feedback and suggestions.
Take a look at the full Annual Report