How we work

This page is designed to give you an overview of how the Police Commissioner conducts her business and the key mechanisms for delivering her work.

Police and Crime Plan

One of the Police Commissioner's key responsibilities is to produce and publish a Police and Crime Plan.

This plan sets out the priorities on which the Police Commissioner will focus and the way in which the Force will use its resources to continue to deliver excellent policing for the communities of Merseyside.

Find out more and view the Police and Crime Plan 2017-21.

Annual Report

The Commissioner has a statutory duty to publish an Annual Report every year detailing her progress against her Police and Crime Plan.

This report gives the public and the Police and Crime Panel the opportunity to review her activities and work and provide their feedback. 

Take a look at the Commissioner's latest Annual Report.

Corporate Governance Framework

The way the Commissioner and Chief Constable do business is governed by a Corporate Governance Framework.


There are six main mechanisms by which the Commissioner scrutinises actions and decisions by Merseyside Police, ensuring that effective arrangements are in place, and that crime and reduction grants are being used effectively.

All of these processes result in the publication of minutes or reports on this website, and are available for public scrutiny.

These six scrutiny mechanisms are:

In addition, please find a full outline of the scrutiny and decision-making Governance Arrangements.

In addition to this, these published documents are then subject to further scrutiny by elected or appointed representatives of the public.

In particular, the Police and Crime Panel for Merseyside will scrutinise and review these decisions and reports, and can make recommendations to the Commissioner as they see fit.

Review and Inspection

The Commissioner's office and Merseyside Police go through a rigorous auditing process, both internally and externally, to ensure the systems of both organisations are fit for purpose.

Please take a look at the Review and Inspection page to find out more about the different processes carried out to audit both the Force and the Commissioner's office.

This section includes details of inspections carried out by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS) and the Commissioner's responses to those inspections.

The Police and Crime Panel

The Police and Crime Panel (PCP) scrutinise the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and make sure she is holding the Chief Constable to account and performing her role effectively.

They are also responsible for addressing any complaints against the PCC.

Find out more about the Police and Crime Panel.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is intended to promote a culture of openness and encourage the public to more easily gain a better understanding of how organisations carry out their functions and how money is spent by accessing information that they hold.

Find out more information on how the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act works, to make a request and to find out about previous FOI requests the Commissioner has received.

Subject Access Request

You are also entitled to see any information we hold about you.  You can do so, by making  a 'Subject Access Request' Application.