The Commissioner is committed to, where appropriate, working in collaboration with other Commissioners, police forces and partner organisations either nationally, regionally or within the county for the benefit of Merseyside.
North West Joint Oversight Committee
The Commissioner is a member of the North West Joint Committee which includes all the commissioners from the North West. These are - Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire and North Wales. The terms of reference for this committee can be viewed here.
The Underwater Search Unit serves the areas of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and North Wales and is staffed by police officers from the six constituent Police Authorities with the overall expenditure being met by those Authorities. The expenditure is apportioned on the basis of the 2012/13 police grant allocations.
The Regional Crime Unit serves the areas of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and North Wales and exists to increase operational capacity and capability to tackle the organised crime threat in the North West through the establishment of a regional task force.
The Regional Intelligence Unit serves the areas of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and North Wales and plays a key role in tackling cross-border crime both feeding intelligence into action being taken at the regional level, and receiving intelligence from this work to inform future working.
The Regional Asset Recovery Team serves the areas of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and North Wales and aims to provide focused multi-agency operational capability with responsibility for investigating money laundering and asset recovery. Merseyside Police became the lead force for the unit in April 2012.
The North West Police Motorway Group (NWPMG) collaboration between Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, and the Highways agency commenced in October 2008. The network covered by the Group consists of 552 carriageway miles, 13% of which are in Merseyside. The collaboration was instigated to ensure a co-ordinated approach to tackle the key priorities identified.
The North West Air Operations Group (NWAOG) was launched in July 2011 and was in service until January 2013. There were four helicopters in the region serving Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales. Following an ACPO review of National Air Operations a decision was made to launch the National Police Air Service (NPAS) throughout England and Wales on a rolling programme. The North West region, of which the Merseyside area is incorporated, launched in January 2013. West Yorkshire police are the lead force.