Jane’s Priorities

Cutting crime and making our communities safer is a priority for us all.

In determining her priorities, Jane has listened to your views at engagement events, public meetings and from online surveys.

She has spoken extensively with partner agencies, such as the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership and the Merseyside Criminal Justice Board, as well as considering the professional judgement of the Chief Constable.

Following a six-week, Merseyside-wide consultation, in March 2017 the Commissioner launched her Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021 which reflects the views of local communities and takes account of the changing police landscape and the challenges, particularly financial ones, facing Merseyside Police.

The five priorities Jane has set for 2017 to 2021 and beyond are:

You can read the full report by clicking on the image to the right or on the link below:

Merseyside Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021

You can find out more about each priority, and see the most recent Police and Crime Panel reports on each of them below:

Prevent crime and anti-social behaviour

Preventing crime and working to tackle antisocial behaviour is a major priority for the people of Merseyside and it remains at the core of daily business for Merseyside Police.

The PCC is committed to supporting the force as it continues to focus on the prevention of crime, particularly violent crime, including domestic abuse and hate crime.

It is important to understand that the police cannot prevent crime and antisocial behaviour in isolation. It is only with the collaboration and the support of partner agencies that Merseyside Police will continue to reduce repeat victimisation, protect and support victims, and disrupt and prosecute offenders, especially repeat offenders.

Read Jane's latest report to the Police and Crime Panel on the work being done on her priority of preventing crime and ASB.

Provide a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style

The Commissioner is committed to ensuring Merseyside Police continues to have a meaningful presence, both on our streets and in the digital world.

The people of Merseyside have said that they want policing to remain a local service, with dedicated teams who know their local community, and can work with local people and partners to promote respectful and cohesive areas to live and work.

She knows that a reassuring and accessible local police presence can help to create stronger, safer and more resilient communities that can stand up to crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Commissioner also supports this priority through her £130m investment plan to transform Merseyside Police's stations and facilities.

Read Jane's latest report to the Police and Crime Panel on the work being done to provide a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style.

Tackle serious and organised crime

Serious and organised crime affects real people in real communities and manifests itself in a number of ways, all of them serious and harmful to individuals and communities.

It is a complex and expensive problem, estimated to cost the UK in excess of £24 billion a year.

Together with partners, Merseyside Police adopts a combination of investigative, legislative and disruptive actions to ensure that Merseyside as a whole, as well as its individual communities, establishes itself as a hostile environment for organised criminal activity. 

Read Jane's latest report to the Police and Crime Panel on the work being done to tackle serious and organised crime.

Support Victims, Protect Vulnerable People and Maintain Public Safety

Every person living and working in Merseyside has the right to feel safe and protected by the law, particularly within their home, their street and their local community. This right also extends to those who come to the region as visitors.

Keeping people safe is a core function of the police and the Commissioner is committed to ensuring that vulnerable communities and victims of crime receive the best possible service from Merseyside Police, and from the many services which support victims of crime.

Read Jane's latest report to the Police and Crime Panel on the work being done to support victims, protect vulnerable people and maintain public safety.

Work in partnership to improve road safety

Every death or serious injury on the roads of Merseyside is one too many.

Due to the PCC's increasing concern about the unacceptably high number of people being killed or seriously injured on our reads, in 2017 she made improving road safety one of my policing priorities.

Since then, there has been a 10% year on year reduction in the number of people who have died or suffered life-changing injuries.

Read Jane's latest report to the Police and Crime Panel on the work being done to improve road safety.

Victims of Crime

Victims of crime will always be at the heart of my priorities.

I want to ensure the criminal justice system is as streamlined and effective as possible and that victims are fully supported throughout the entire process."

Since taking office, Jane has invested in improving the support offered for victims. This led to the launch of  Victim Care Merseyside - a package of care and support for those affected by crime on Merseyside.

Find out more about all the services encompassed in Victim Care Merseyside and its ongoing progress here.

The Commissioner also works closely with Merseyside Police and criminal justice partners to fully understand the needs of victims and ensure the right services are being delivered at the right time to ensure those who may be at an incredibly vulnerable time in their lives are fully supported.