The primary aim of the Safer Merseyside Partnership is to provide the Commissioner with the opportunity to work with her partners to provide an efficient and effective criminal justice system in the region.
This work is part of the Commissioner's statutory duties as part of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.
This innovative Partnership, chaired by the Commissioner, aims to develop and enhance multi-agency approaches to reducing crime and disorder. Through co-operation and consensus, it works to make communities safer, support victims and bring offenders to justice.
Previously known as the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership, the group meets quarterly with the main purpose being to:
"Develop and enhance the multi-agency approach to reducing crime and disorder, making communities safer and bringing offenders to justice in Merseyside."
It focuses its work on supporting three of the Commissioner's policing and crime priorities:
- Preventing crime and anti-social behaviour;
- Tackling serious and organised crime;
- Supporting victims, protecting vulnerable people and maintaining public safety.
The Partnership will fulfill this role by:
- Building upon existing multi-agency relationships / approaches to crime reduction and community safety;
- Creating a Merseyside-wide community safety forum with emphasis on crime reduction, anti-social behaviour, risks of offending and reoffending;
- Acting as an opportunity for members to advise and consult on key community safety issues;
- Bringing together responsible authorities and criminal justice partners to discuss and identify issues of mutual concern including best practice and any blockages to ensuring a safer Merseyside;
- Discussing and reviewing proposed changes to relevant legislation and new initiatives relating to crime reduction and community safety;
- Discussing progress against the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan and the effectiveness of the Community Safety Fund.
Partnership meetings are attended by:
- Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner (Chair);
- Merseyside Police;
- Lead Councillors for Community Safety from each of the five local authorities on Merseyside;
- Fire authority representative;
- Where agencies have no political lead, they sit on the group as a special advisor, including:
- National probation service;
- Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company;
- Housing (Mayoral lead);
- Chamber of Commerce;
- Department of Work and Pensions;
- Chair of the City Region Protecting Vulnerable People Forum (LCR PVPF).
Notable achievements from 2017/18
In 2017/18, meetings of the Partnership were aligned to the Commissioner's policing priorities, enabling greater focus on the issues facing our region. Over the year, Partnership members have shared best practice regarding a wide range of current issues across the criminal justice system. These included preventative youth diversion activities targeted at ASB, multi-agency offender management from the National Probation Service to reduce reoffending and an update of the Red Umbrella Project launched in December 2017 following Merseyside Police’s successful bid to the VAWG transformation fund.
In addition, the Partnership has built up knowledge and understanding of the links between Child Criminal Exploitation and county lines as well as Fraud & Cyber-crime vulnerability within Merseyside and the work that has been carried out to prevent victimisation and pursue perpetrators.
Notable achievements from 2016/17
This Partnership is now in its fourth year. In 2016/17 I brought partners together to raise awareness of cyber-crime; to consult on Merseyside Police’s Community First proposals; to develop partner input on Police and Crime Plan objectives; and to plan the programme of work for the year ahead. The Partnership also improved understanding of the impact of austerity with Liverpool John Moores University commissioned to provide a bespoke piece of research with recommendations for the future of community safety on Merseyside.
Notable achievements from 2015/16
- During 2015/16, membership was expanded further. In May 2015, Merseyside Chambers of Commerce were invited to join the partnership. In March 2016, the Business Manager from the Merseyside Criminal Justice Board and a single representative for the five Youth Offending Teams in Merseyside also joined.
- Promotion of the Victim Care Merseyside website amongst partner agencies to increase awareness and encourage its use.
- Lobbied the government regarding concerns about the process for Domestic Homicide Reviews. In addition, a Merseyside-wide learning event hosted by Liverpool CitySafe was organised as a result of an action from a meeting of the partnership.
- Partners monitored the use of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This provided an opportunity for partners to highlight any issues that had arisen during the implementation of the new legislation and share learning.
- The Chair commissioned a piece of work by an independent academic to help inform the partnership of the impact of austerity.
Notable achievements from 2014/15
- Implemented new Anti-Social Behaviour legislation – Members of the Partnership established a sub-group to oversee implementation of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This group led work to comply with the Home Office guidance and timeframes to implement the legislation in October 2014.
- Consulted partners on the commissioning of new victims’ and restorative justice services as part of the Victim Care Merseyside service – Following the new statutory powers granted to Police and Crime Commissioners relating to victims’ services, the PCC shared findings from her office’s Victim Research programme to help inform the commissioning process and ensure partners were kept informed of key developments.
- Expanded membership to the Partnership – As the Partnership has developed the PCC and the partners recognised the need to expand membership. As a result, representatives from health and travel both now play an important role in the partnership.
- Assisted multi-agency work to safeguard children and young people via Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs - In December 2014, partners received an overview on how Merseyside Police is leading partnership safeguarding work. The Partnership provided the correct forum for partners to openly discuss delays and obstructions to this partnership work. As a result, the Partnership was able to agree a number of actions to help improve this process.
- Ensured effective implementation of the national Serious Organised Crime strategy – To help tackle serious and organised crime, a priority within my Police and Crime Plan, the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership requested updates from partners on their efforts to implement the national strategy.
- Consulted members on draft Police and Crime Plan priorities for 2015/16 – to comply with her statutory duties and to infor the new Plan, the PCC presented her draft priorities to the Partnership.
- Worked with the Home Office to protect vulnerable adults on Merseyside – In March 2015, the Home Office were invited to the Partnership to discuss a pilot to help protect vulnerable people from becoming victims of fraud. The discussion helped generate additional ideas which the Home Office gratefully received and took forwards.
Notable achievements from 2013/14
- Providing partner agencies with valuable information on the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda. This has helped partners plan and prepare for the imminent changes around offender supervision;
- Monitoring legislative changes to the way anti-social behaviour is tackled. This has helped the Commissioner's office, Merseyside Police, the local authorities and registered social housing providers plan for the changes to anti-social behaviour ahead of their implementation in October 2014;
- Focusing on ways to prevent young people from becoming involved in gun and gang crime. For example, a special performance of Terriers, a theatrical drama aimed at highlighting the dangers of guns and gangs to young people, was held to help raise awareness of these issues.
Jane said: "Fundamentally, partnership working is central to fighting crime and tackling its root causes. Merseyside Police cannot and should not be expected to take on the huge range of issues they face alone.
"We all need to pull together to make our communities safer.
As of 18th September 2013, members of the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership agreed that minutes from their meetings should be published on the Commissioner's website.
Please find these below:
1st March 2019 - minutes
30th November 2018 - minutes
7th September 2018 - minutes
25th May 2018 - minutes
1st December 2017 - minutes
1st September 2017 - minutes
2nd June 2017 - minutes
10th March 2017 - minutes
2nd December 2016 - minutes
2nd September 2016 - minutes
17th June 2016 - minutes
18th March 2016 - minutes
4th September, 2015 - minutes
5th June, 2015 - minutes
6th March, 2015 - minutes
5th December, 2014 - minutes
12th September, 2014 - minutes
13th June, 2014 - no minutes as this was a planning workshop
14th March, 2014 - minutes
6th December, 2013 - minutes
18th September, 2013- minutes