Have your say on police funding & plans to recruit 40 new officers

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is asking local people if they would be willing to pay a little extra through the police precept, which is collected alongside the council tax, to help protect 100 police officer jobs and recruit 40 new officers.

The public consultation launched by Jane Kennedy follows the budget announcement in December where the Government said local council precept payers must pay more to avoid further cuts in police jobs.

Since 2010 Merseyside Police have already been required to make cuts of £110m, with an estimated £14.5m still to make by 2022/23. In that time, the size of the organisation has reduced by a quarter, with 1,110 fewer police officers now patrolling the region’s streets. This increase in the precept would enable the Chief Constable to avoid the planned cut of 100 police posts and instead, increase the number of police officer posts by 40.


Merseyside Community Safety Partnership meeting


01st March 2019 10:00 - 12:00

The Merseyside Community Safety Partnership was formed by the Commissioner to bring all her partners in community safety together.

This innovative Partnership, now chaired by the Commissioner, aims to develop and enhance multi-agency approaches to reducing crime and disorder. Through co-operation and consensus, it works to make communities safer, support victims and bring offenders to justice.

After being formed, the Partnership agreed a vision statement to:

"Develop and enhance the multi-agency approach to reducing crime and disorder, making communities safer and bringing offenders to justice in Merseyside."

The Partnership meets quarterly and it provides a forum for members to share information and advice on key police and crime issues. It also gives members an opportunity to discuss new or proposed legislation and help them all to work towards maintaining and improving an efficient and effective criminal justice system.

This is a private meeting for invited members only. In 2017, it was agreed that the theme for these meetings should follow the Commissioner's police and crime priorities, in order to ensure joined up working on the issues that matter most to the people of Merseyside.

The minutes from these meetings are also published on this website. See the minutes, find out more about the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership and read about its good work here.