Work for the Commissioner

The Police Commissioner has a small dedicated team of staff who help her hold Merseyside Police to account and deliver against the priorities of the Police and Crime Plan.

The office is made up of a number of teams who work on commissioning, policy and research, community engagement, finance and business support. Find out more about the structure of our team.

Roles in this office are busy and varied. Our team is highly committed, professional and enthusiastic and our mission is:

To make a real and positive difference to Merseyside.

By joining the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), you will help Jane realise her vision and strategies on policing, criminal justice and community safety for Merseyside.

We are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from everyone and we also offer flexible working.

We are a Living Wage employer.


There are currently no vacancies in the Commissioner's office.


Independent Custody Visitors

The PCC is currently seeking volunteers to join the Independent Custody Visiting scheme in Merseyside to check on the welfare of people detained in police custody.

The Commissioner is responsible for the region’s Independent Custody Visiting scheme, which sees volunteers from the local community undertake random, unannounced visits of police cells to make sure those being held are cared for appropriately by checking on the conditions and talking with willing detainees.

An Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) usually conducts one custody visit a month ensuring that detainees have been informed of their rights and know the reason why they are in custody. ICVs also make sure that detainees have been offered food and drink, are warm enough, cells are in a reasonable condition and that religious and cultural needs have been considered. Any problems identified by ICVs are brought to the attention of custody staff and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC). ICVs recommendations can require the police to make improvements for the welfare of detainees and therefore they play a valuable role in maintaining public confidence in this important area of policing.

Between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020, Merseyside’s ICVs made a total of 229 unannounced trips to custody suites across Merseyside offering to check on the welfare of 2,941 detainees. Out of these, 1,022 individuals consented to be seen. During 2019/20, only 16 detainees declined to be visited by ICVs. There are a number of reasons why the remaining detainees are not visited. For example, the custody staff may advise against it for safety reasons. Alternatively, a visit may not go ahead because the detainee is in an interview, intoxicated or asleep.

There are no qualifications needed but applicants must:

  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Live or work in Merseyside.
  • Have good communication skills.
  • Have the time and flexibility to carry out the role of custody visiting.
  • Be independent from the police, impartial and work in a non-discriminatory way. 
  • Be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • ICVs cannot be serving Magistrates, police officers, police community support officers (PCSO), special constables, police staff or OPCC staff.

Ideally, ICVs will also come from a range of backgrounds, ages and experience. Successful applicants will be given full training in order to prepare for the role. The role is not paid, but travel expenses incurred during visits will be reimbursed. 

How to apply

If you would like to apply to be an ICV, please complete the application form and equality and diversity monitoring form and forward to the OPCC via email or post at the contact details below:

ICV Application and Monitoring Form
Recruitment Pack 2020

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside,
Mather Avenue Training Centre,
L18 9TG

Tel: 0151 777 5155

Email: [email protected]

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 14th October 2020.

Interviews will be conducted either virtually or physically following a review of current Covid-19 guidance at the time of shortlisting.

For more information, please refer to the recruitment pack. If you any have any other queries, do not hesitate to get in contact with the OPCC on the email address or telephone number provided.

Partner vacancies

Sexual Violence Communication and Engagement Post

The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (Cheshire & Merseyside) in partnership with the North West Strategic Direction for Sexual Assault and Abuse Services has an exciting position available for a Sexual Violence Communication and Engagement Manager. The postholder will have a track record in project management and marketing.

This is a new and developing role that has been created to react to the findings of sexual violence criminal justice pathways for sexual violence victims in each of the North West regional areas. The post is based in Warrington with travel around the North West. Working from home would be considered.

Further details and to apply please go to