In the interests of fairness and transparency, and in line with national guidance, information requested by any candidate in the 2016 PCC elections will be published and made available to all candidates.
All responses will be published below.
The following question has been received by the OPCC:
Q1:"To seek unbiased information on the views and wishes of the population, does the OPCC include randomised surveys, similar to the Crime Survey of England and Wales?"
The OPCC does not commission any randomised surveys that are statistically representative (similar to the Crime Survey of England & Wales). In terms of such surveys, Merseyside Police commission a Victims Survey that is conducted on a monthly basis. This survey only focuses on the experiences of victims of crime (who have reported their victimisation to Merseyside police), in terms of their satisfaction with the service that they have received.
Additionally, to seek unbiased information on the views and wishes of the population, the OPCC Community Engagement team use a variety of engagement mechanisms to collect information regarding public perception in relation to community safety issues. This engagement is often conducted in collaboration with partners.
Mechanisms that the OPCC have used include Focus Groups (for example to seek the view of domestic abuse, hate crime, sexual assault victims and survivors), Road shows (for example in relation to the police estate and precept), workshops and seminars (in relation to topics such as harmful practices, modern day slavery and various aspects of mental health); the OPCC has made use of the tool 'survey monkey' throughout many of these consultations (notably in relation to the Estates Strategy and Community Remedy).
The team also maintain strong links with community organisations as well as having a Youth Advisory Group (YAG) and a Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) based network. These various mechanisms work towards ensuring a diverse group of the Merseyside population is reached, including those whose voices may not normally be heard.
If you need anything further to the above please do contact the OPCC.