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.

Policies

The Commissioner has policies that govern how her office operates and how records and data are managed.

These policies are detailed below:

Social Value

Jane is committed to creating social value in all activities to benefit the people of the region.

As such, she expects all partners and suppliers to identify opportunities to maximise social value in contracts especially through the employment of local people in their workforce.

By mindfully buying for social value Jane wants to create opportunities for local businesses to join supply chains and for local people to access meaningful employment so that she can contribute to a fairer city region for all.

For more information on these policies or to ask for additional information that is not given in these documents, please use the Contact page.