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Commissioner congratulates Knowsley on crime drop

Knowsley / August 20

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy today applauded the “exemplary collaborative work” that has helped to reduce crime in Knowsley by more than 6%.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy today applauded the “exemplary collaborative work” that has helped to reduce crime in Knowsley by more than 6%.

The Commissioner made the comments after attending a Knowsley Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting where she reviewed the work of the Safer Knowsley Partnership (CSP).

A performance report produced by the Partnership has revealed a 6.1% drop in all crime in Knowsley between 2011 and 2012. The new figures show anti-social behaviour has fallen in the Borough by 20.2%, while drug offences have decreased by 17%.

Since taking office last November, the Commissioner has heard a great deal about the work of the Partnership and she has been impressed by its multi-agency approach. Overall, crime has been reduced in the area by 11% since November.

Today, Jane Kennedy said: “The Safer Knowsley Partnership has demonstrated exemplary collaborative work which focuses on all levels of community safety, from youth engagement to youth diversion and from low-level crime and anti-social behaviour to high-level, serious crime.

“This has enabled them to tackle complex problems in some communities to more general problems across the Borough and everything in-between. These new figures demonstrate the success of their approach. Knowsley should be congratulated on their achievements in making the Borough safer for its residents and I look forward to seeing them further build upon this good work in the future.”

Every Borough in Merseyside has a community safety partnership and the Commissioner has formed a Merseyside Community Safety Partnership which enables them to share best practice and discuss mutual issues and priorities.

She highlighted that some of the “pioneering techniques” used by the partnership to gain a better understanding of problems and develop more effective solutions could now be adopted in other areas.

This has included a project in Reeds Road where the Partnership has been the first to use emerging legislation as a tool to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime. This year, the partnership has also commissioned a health-led domestic violence needs assessment which has focussed on tackling violence in the home from a new perspective.

The Commissioner was also particularly impressed by the partnership’s community messaging service which now keeps more than 8,700 people informed on key issues in the Borough.

More information on the Safer Knowsley Partnership