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.

Events

Police and Crime Panel

Merseyside

Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 9YU
05th February 2019 11:00 - 13:00

Merseyside's Police Commissioner is today meeting with the Police and Crime Panel, the body which scrutinses her work.

Jane Kennedy meets six times a year with the Panel. They support the Commissioner in her work, while holding responsibility for overseeing her work and making sure she is holding the Chief Constable to account.

This is the fifth meeting of the 2018/19 financial year and on the agenda for discussion are the PCC's priority of supporting victims, protecting vulnerable and maintaining public safety. She will also give members an update on the collaboration work currently being undertaken by Merseyside Police. The meeting will also enable the PCC to update the Panel on her plans to set a balanced budget for 2019/20, including her consultation around the police precept.

These meetings are always open to the public and you are welcome to attend.

The papers for this meeting are always published five days ahead of this meeting and can be found by going to the Police and Crime Panel section on the Knowsley Council website here.