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.

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Tackling excess speed on our roads

Merseyside / January 14

Motorists are being urged to cut their speed this January as part of a National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) campaign to reduce deaths and casualties on our roads.

Speeding is one of the major contributory factors in road collisions and officers are appealing to motorists to kill their speed before it kills themselves or other road users.

In 2017, 26 people were killed, 531 people seriously and 2,449 slightly injured on our roads, with 65 of those collisions as a result of exceeding the speed limit. Merseyside Police is more determined than ever to reduce this number in 2019.

Nationally inappropriate speed contributes to around 11 percent of all injury collisions, 15 per cent of collisions resulting in serious injury and 24 per cent of collisions resulting in death.

While education and enforcement activity is carried out on our roads throughout the year, officers will focussing on excess speed throughout the week commencing, 14 January and officers will be carrying out enforcement and educating drivers about the dangers of breaking speed limits.

Officers will be carrying out daily mobile patrols at key busy times on our roads with speed enforcement equipment to stop those intent on driving above the speed limit.

Roads Policing Inspector Keith Kellett said "All too often, our officers attend road traffic collisions where speed has been a major contributory factor. We see the end results - damage to vehicles, disruption to traffic flow and congestion, injury to drivers and other road users and sadly, in some cases the death of a loved one.

"Speed limits are there to save lives and my officers are working hard to reduce collisions on our roads. We will continue to engage with the public to ensure the message to cut speed is heard loud and clear - together we can maximise the safety of all road users and hopefully see reductions in road casualties in 2019.”