Have your say on police funding & plans to recruit 40 new officers

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is asking local people if they would be willing to pay a little extra through the police precept, which is collected alongside the council tax, to help protect 100 police officer jobs and recruit 40 new officers.

The public consultation launched by Jane Kennedy follows the budget announcement in December where the Government said local council precept payers must pay more to avoid further cuts in police jobs.

Since 2010 Merseyside Police have already been required to make cuts of £110m, with an estimated £14.5m still to make by 2022/23. In that time, the size of the organisation has reduced by a quarter, with 1,110 fewer police officers now patrolling the region’s streets. This increase in the precept would enable the Chief Constable to avoid the planned cut of 100 police posts and instead, increase the number of police officer posts by 40.

Merseyside Criminal Justice Board

Every day, thousands of people are involved in preventing and tackling crime across Merseyside.

As Commissioner, one of Jane's wider responsibilities includes overseeing and working with criminal justice partners to ensure an efficient and effective criminal justice system for Merseyside.

In order to help fulfil these duties, she joined and was elected chair of the Merseyside Criminal Justice Board (MCJB) at her first meeting in March 2013. She has continued as Chair since that date.

The MCJB is unique as it brings together criminal justice agencies on Merseyside with a view to joining up criminal justice processes across a range of areas.

Core membership is as follows:

  • Merseyside Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Merseyside Police
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Her Majesty’s Court & Tribunal Service
  • Merseyside Probation Trust
  • Her Majesty’s Prison Service
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Legal Aid Agency
  • Local Authorities

There are also a number of co-opted members. These include:

  • Merseyside Rehabilitation Company PLC
  • Clinical Commissioning representative
  • Head of Criminal Justice, Merseyside Police
  • Local Authority Chief Executive (currently Knowsley)
  • Local Safeguarding Adult’s Board representative
  • Local Safeguarding Children’s Board representative
  • Merseycare representative
  • Offender Health representative

Vision

The Board has an agreed vision which states:

"In partnership provide a fair, efficient and effective Criminal Justice System, with a proactive approach, which reduces crime and re offending and focuses on the needs of victims and witnesses."

As an established and experienced body the MCJB provides the Commissioner with an ideal forum to discuss criminal justice issues with officers at an appropriate level. The Board provides the Commissioner with the opportunity to hear about issues or blockages within the criminal justice system and consider and recommend remedies with partners to such issues.

By working together the Board, Jane has successfully agreed pan-Merseyside strategies that help to ensure a consistent, efficient and effective approach to a range of issues including domestic violence and reducing reoffending.

Partnerships

The MCJB also has links to Community Safety Partnerships, health services and voluntary agencies supporting the criminal justice system. It also has a range of sub-groups which are focused on specific issues.

Among those sub-groups, is a group dedicated to raising awareness of and tackling hate crime. The hate crime sub-group is notified of events that are being held across the region to increase understanding, improve community cohesion and take a stand against hate crime. You can access a list of all these events here.

Notable achievements

You can find out more about the key achievements and progress made by the MCJB on a year-by-year basis using the links below: