Jane’s Priorities

Cutting crime and making our communities safer is a priority for us all.

In determining her priorities, Jane has listened to your views at engagement events, public meetings and from online surveys. She has spoken extensively with partner agencies, such as the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership and the Merseyside Criminal Justice Board, as well as considering the professional judgement of the Chief Constable.

Following a six-week, Merseyside-wide consultation, in March 2017, the Commissioner launched a new Police and Crime Plan for 2017 to 2021 which reflects the views of local communities and takes account of the changing police landscape and the challenges, particularly financial ones, facing Merseyside Police.

The consistent message that came across from everyone was that, first and foremost, the blight of serious and organised crime had to be addressed. Those involved in serious and organised crime destroy local communities and create a climate of fear and mistrust. Jane is committed to tackling that. This means working with our communities and partners to target and remove criminals; confiscating their assets; seizing their firearms and ensuring they live in fear of prosecution.

The Commissioner also asked people across Merseyside on their views on her proposal to add a fifth, new priority of 'working in partnership to improve road safety'. More than 89% of respondents supported the inclusion of this new priority.

The five priorities Jane has set for 2017 to 2021 and beyond are:

You can read the full report by clicking on the image to the right or on the link below:

Merseyside Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021

You can find out more about each priority,  and see the most recent Police and Crime Panel reports on each of them below:

Prevent crime and anti-social behaviour

Preventing crime and working to tackle antisocial behaviour is a major priority for the people of Merseyside and it remains at the core of daily business for Merseyside Police.

Building on the successes of previous reductions in crime and ASB is challenging, particularly against the backdrop of substantial and ongoing budget cuts. However, the PCC is committed to supporting the Force as it continues to focus on the prevention of crime, particularly violent crime, including domestic abuse and hate crime.

It is important to understand that the police cannot prevent crime and antisocial behaviour in isolation. Knowledge and understanding of the factors that cause crime is improving daily, and it is only with the collaboration and support of partner agencies that Merseyside Police will continue to reduce repeat victimisation, protect and support victims, and disrupt and prosecute offenders, especially repeat offenders.

Read Jane's latest report to the Police and Crime Panel on the work being done to tackle this priority here.

Provide a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style

Although this priority becomes more difficult to deliver as budgets are reduced as a result of devastating government spending cuts, delivering a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style remains a focal point of the 2017-2021 Police and Crime Plan.

The Commissioner is acutely aware of the importance of front-line, visible and accessible policing and it remains a key theme running through every consultation or engagement exercise she conducts with the public.

The people of Merseyside have said that they want policing to remain a local service, with dedicated teams who know their local community, and can work with local people and partners to promote respectful and cohesive areas to live and work.

She knows that a reassuring and accessible local police presence can help to create stronger, safer and more resilient communities that can stand up to crime and anti-social behaviour.

Towards the end of 2014, the Commissioner and the Chief Constable launched a public consultation to introduce a 10-year investment plan to transform the police estate here in Merseyside. Following the development of an Estate Strategy – a review of police buildings, their use and location – the proposals focused on ‘taking the right steps’ to ensure the provision of accessible policing, with neighbourhood police teams to be based at the
heart of every community.  This strategy is now well underway and many significant steps have now been to deliver this plan.

Despite ongoing austerity measures and budget cuts imposed by the Government, the Commissioner is committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of Merseyside's communities by focusing valuable police resources on maintaining a real and dynamic police presence right on people’s doorsteps.

Read Jane's latest report to the Police and Crime Panel on the work being done to tackle this priority here

Tackle serious and organised crime

A significant proportion of all crime is attributable to serious and organised crime groups and we know that this is a major problem for Merseyside. 

Organised crime affects real people in real communities and manifests itself in a number of ways, all of them serious and harmful to individuals and
communities. It is a complex and expensive problem, estimated to cost the UK in excess of £24 billion a year.

In Merseyside, serious and organised crime manifests itself, in particular, as gun crime and drug-related offences. However, the term may also describe other, often inter-related, organised criminal behaviour such as the destructive activities of gangs, aggravated robbery and burglary, child sexual exploitation, fraud and cyber-crime.

Together with partners, Merseyside Police adopts a combination of investigative, legislative and disruptive actions to ensure that Merseyside as a whole, as well as its individual communities, establishes itself as a hostile environment for organised criminal activity. To do this, the Force acts in compliance with the national strategy via a robust, locally-develop strategy that mirrors the four national strands of Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare.

Read Jane's latest report to the Police and Crime Panel on the work being done to tackle this priority here

Support Victims, Protect Vulnerable People and Maintain Public Safety

Every person living and working in Merseyside has the right to feel safe and protected by the law, particularly within their home, their street and their local community. This right also extends to those who come to the region as visitors.

It is therefore a priority of the Commissioner's to work with the Force to ensure that there is sufficient capacity and capability to provide effective and sustainable protective services. This includes maintaining a high level of public order, safety and security, including the appropriate management of major incidents, emergencies and events. Counterterrorism, domestic extremism, major crime, firearms and critical incidents also form part of protective services and the Force, with the support of myself and partners, remains wholly committed to the preservation of effective and
competent policing in this area.

The Commissioner is also committed to ensuring that victims of crime remain at the heart of her priorities. This commitment includes the identification, protection and support of those people who are at the greatest risk of becoming victims of crime.

Read Jane's latest report to the Police and Crime Panel on the work being done to tackle this priority here

Work in partnership to improve road safety

Since 2010 Merseyside has witnessed a 12% increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured on its roads. Furthermore, looking at recent data every 12 months, more than 500 people are tragically killed or suffer serious injuries.

Pedestrians, cyclists, older road users (60+) and motor cyclists are most frequently the victims of these terrible incidences. In comparison with Greater Manchester, cyclists and older road users (60+) are twice as likely to become casualties on Merseyside as in Greater Manchester, whilst pedestrians are around 30% more likely to be injured on Merseyside.

This has to stop and these figures cannot be allowed to climb further. This is why for the 2017-2021 Police and Crime Plan, the Commissioner has added a specific priority for Merseyside Police to work in partnership to improve road safety. This priority will only be achieved by working in partnership closely with local authorities, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, the education sector, dedicated road safety partnerships and support services as well as the public to raise awareness and improve safety.

Victims of Crime

"Obtaining the views of victims of crime about matters concerning the policing of the area" is one of the statutory requirements for Police and Crime Commissioners.

Since taking office, Jane has endeavoured to do far more than ‘obtain’ those views. She has invested considerable time and effort in gaining a deeper understanding of the needs of those affected by crime. In 2014, her team conduced an extensive research and mapping exercise, which involved a literature review, survey, focus groups with victims and feedback sessions with victims’ services organisations and charities across the spectrum.  This process led to a victim needs asessment which identified existing gaps in the services and areas where services could be enhanced and improved and, in 2015, this led to the launch of  Victim Care Merseyside - a new package of care and support for those affected by crime on Merseyside.

Find out more about all the services encompassed in Victim Care Merseyside and its ongoing progress here.

The Commissioner also works closely with Merseyside Police and criminal justice partners to fully understand the needs of victims and ensure the right services are being delivered at the right time to ensure those who may be at an incredibly vulnerable time in their lives are fully supported.

Jane said: "At the heart of my priorities will always be the victims of crime. I want to ensure the criminal justice system is as streamlined and effective as possible and that victims are fully supported throughout the entire process."