On Friday, August 7th, 2015, Cllr Sue Murphy was confirmed as the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside by the Police and Crime Panel.
Sue was chosen by the Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, after an open selection process which saw seven people apply for the part-time position and four people interviewed.
The interview process was independently observed by the Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Cllr Christina O’Hare, before being reviewed at a meeting of the Panel on Thursday, August 6th. The Panel confirmed Sue's appointment the following day and she started work immediately.
Following Jane's re-election in May 2016, she proposed to re-appoint Sue. This proposal was again taken to the Panel, who in turn carried out a confirmation hearing with Sue and formally approved her reappointment in July 2016.
As Deputy PCC, Sue can deputise for the Commissioner when necessary. She also has responsibility for developing and managing the victim support services funded by the Commissioner and leads on community safety issues.
This includes increasing the use of restorative justice in the region and the development of community remedies – giving victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour a say in the punishment of the offender and putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system.
About Cllr Sue Murphy
Cllr Murphy has served the people of St Helens since 1996, initially as a Parish Councillor before being elected as Councillor for the Billinge and Seneley Green ward of St Helens in 2004.
She has held three cabinet portfolios since May 2010, starting with Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Safer Communities, Youth Services and Family Intervention, before taking the lead on Public Health between May 20102 and May 2013, when she became lead for Children, Families and Young People, including responsibility for child safety.
Following her appointment as Deputy PCC, Sue stepped down from her cabinet role with St Helens Council, but has continued to represent the Billinge and Seneley Green Ward.
During her time with the Council, Sue has chaired the St Helens Community Safety Partnership where she worked closely with the police, probation, prison service and other key partners to reduce crime and disorder in the Borough.
She is also the Chair of the Priority Families Board and is currently a member of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, the Youth Offending Service Management Board and the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Strategic Board.
Following her appointment, Sue said: “I have been passionate about serving my community and acting as a spokesperson for local people for many years and I am honoured that I will now be able to fulfil this role for the whole of Merseyside.
“This is a great opportunity to work alongside the Commissioner and with a whole range of partners on some of the issues that matter most to our communities – crime, anti-social behaviour, protecting the vulnerable and caring for victims – and I am really excited to start work.
“As all our budgets continue to shrink, it is even more vital that we pull together to find new ways of working in order to cut crime and keep all our communities safe.”
Sue works in the Commissioner’s office as a political appointment. She works three days a week, earning £31,800 per annum. This is the same salary previously given to Cllr Ann O’Byrne when she held the role. At the time of Ann’s appointment it was the equivalent of the Deputy Mayor Special Responsibility Allowance within Liverpool City Council.
Sue's Declaration of Interests 2016
Sue's signed Code of Conduct 2016
Sue's Declaration of Interests 2015
Sue's signed Code of Conduct 2015
Previous Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
Cllr Ann O'Byrne was Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner between May 19th, 2014, and 18th June, 2015, with a special remit to focus on victims.
Find out more about her appointment and time in office here.