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.

In My Area

Merseyside's Police Commissioner is responsible for policing and community safety across the whole county.

As Commissioner, Jane Kennedy is in a unique position - she is the only politician elected to represent the whole of Merseyside. Not only that, but she also has a statutory responsibility to monitor the criminal justice system across the entire region.

She serves a population of approximately 1.39 million people, covering an area of 249 square miles which includes 65miles of coastline.

You can find out more about the Merseyside Police Force area on the Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) website.

In this section you can find information about News and Events going on in your area of Merseyside.

The Commissioner has a Community Engagement Team that serve each of these areas. You can also find contact information for your local officer on each of the area pages.

Out and about in your neighbourhood

Jane and her Deputy, Cllr Emily Spurrell, regularly visit residents and community groups throughout Merseyside.

If you would like to arrange a visit, please email [email protected] or call 0151 777 5155.


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