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 and from feedback questionnaires. 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.

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.

In September 2015, the Commissioner a launched a refreshed Police and Crime Plan which reflects the views of local communities and takes account of the changing police landscape and the challenges, particularly financial ones, facing Merseyside Police.

As part of her Police and Crime Plan, the Commissioner has identified the following additional priorities:

  • Prevent crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Provide a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style
  • Tackle serious and organised crime
  • Support victims, protect vulnerable people and maintain public safety

You can also read Jane's first Police and Crime Plan, which ran from 2012 until the revised version was released here.

Prevent crime and anti-social behaviour

Preventing crime and working to tackle antisocial behaviour remain at the core of daily business for Merseyside Police.

By the end of March 2015, Merseyside has seen a reduction in crime of 44.6% since 2005/06. This is a reduction of just over 78,087 crimes. In addition, since 2006/07, the number of incidents of antisocial behaviour has fallen by 53.6% (66,466 incidents).

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.

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

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. Find out more about this consultation here.

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

Tackling 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.

Through effective organised crime group mapping, Merseyside Police will identify and target those involved in such criminal activity and, together with our partners, the Force will continue to disrupt these groups and make Merseyside a more hostile environment for such activity.

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

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, through conducting surveys, working with Victim Support, meeting with victims’ organisations and charities across the spectrum and working together with Merseyside Police and criminal justice partners. Her aim is 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."

In 2015, the Commissioner demonstrated her commitment to caring for the needs of victims by launching Victim Care Merseyside - a new package of care and support for those affected by crime on Merseyside.

Find out more here.