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Commissioner Kennedy agrees Neighbourhood Policing proposals

Merseyside / July 23

As a result of the requirements of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), Jane Kennedy, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, has today agreed to the proposals for Neighbourhood Pol

As a result of the requirements of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), Jane Kennedy, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, has today agreed to the proposals for Neighbourhood Policing under the Merseyside Police Force Sustaining Excellence Programme.

This programme was introduced by the force to allow budget costs to be reduced in an orderly manner, whilst maintaining a commitment to neighbourhood policing and delivering excellent standards of policing services across Merseyside.

The Neighbourhood Policing review maintains the double commitment of both the Police Commissioner and the Chief Constable to be honoured.

Merseyside Police’s well-respected neighbourhood teams will be maintained, although reorganised. There is no reduction in the numbers of neighbourhood constables or Sergeants, and no Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will be made redundant. The review will contribute more than £3m toward the savings required by the Government. The number of PCSOs will be reduced by 114 from 466 to 352 through redeployment. This is a direct consequence of cuts in local authority budgets, where councils who had been supporting the deployment of PCSOs are no longer able to do so.

The PCSOs will be given new powers to enable them to tackle a wider range of incidents.

Overall, every Basic Command Unit on Merseyside, based on local authority boundaries, will continue to have dedicated neighbourhood teams.

Jane Kennedy, said: “I am pleased that this review has reorganised the neighbourhood police teams, but in a way that reflects the confidence that the public have in this service.”