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