Jane urges Government to protect the police

Merseyside / October 19

Merseyside's Police Commissioner has urged the government to keep its promise to protect the police in the light of figures which show crime is rising regionally and nationally.

Jane Kennedy was speaking as the Office of National Statistics released crime statistics for forces across England and Wales.

These showed that between 1st July 2016 and 30th June 2017, overall crime in England and Wales has increased by 14.2%.

Merseyside has seen an 11.7% rise in overall crime.

The statistics show that the force has achieved reductions in drugs offences.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Recorded crime continues to rise and, while the increase has been lower here than in other parts of the country, local people will still be concerned.

“Sadly, these figures are a reflection of years of government cuts, not only to the police budget but to the budgets of our community safety partners.

“Police and Crime Commissioners, Chief Constables, the Police Federation and many others have been warning for some time community safety would be affected if the government failed to invest new money into our police service. We are now seeing this in Merseyside and across the country.

“I hope that these figures, viewed in the context of increasing demand, fewer police officers and the heightened terrorist threat will finally force ministers to keep their promise to 'protect the police because they protect us'.”

Assistant Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said: “I want to reassure the public of Merseyside that as a Force we will always do what we can to prevent crime and protect our communities, but we also have many other priorities including combatting anti-social behaviour, dealing with vulnerable victims and targeting organised criminals, work that isn’t always represented in crime statistics.

“Although overall crime in Merseyside has gone up, this is less than the national average.

“There has been increases in the levels of recorded violent crime - in line with all but one other force but less than the national average - which is representative of the way in which violent offences of all classifications are now being recorded by Merseyside Police.

“The increase in reporting of sexual offences is also in line with the national trend. As well as improvements in recording it also reflects a willingness of victims to come forward and evidence has shown that a number of high-profile national operations have changed the public perception of and confidence in reporting this type of crime.

“Everyone at Merseyside Police is absolutely committed to make every effort to reduce crimes of all types, while delivering an excellent policing service to the people of Merseyside.

“We continue to listen to the concerns of the public and are advancing our fight against serious and organised crime and supporting and protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities.

“Our officers are dedicated to responding to incidents with courage, courtesy and professionalism, which we hope will build upon strong public confidence to keep our communities safe. We recognise that we cannot be complacent and will continue to strive to find the most efficient and cost effective way to deliver policing in Merseyside.”