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.

Knowsley

We want to involve you and keep you up to date about what the Commissioner is doing and what's going on where you live.

The Commissioner's Community Engagement Officer for Knowsley is Mike Berry. He can be reached on (0151) 777 5164 or by email.

Partners

Merseyside Police hold regular Have Your Say meetings across Knowsley where you can meet your local neighbourhood team, share your views and opinions and ask any questions.

You can find out more about your policing in your area, who your local officers are and when your nearest Have Your Say is taking place on the police website here.

You can also found out more information about your area on the  Knowsley Council website. This includes news and events, as well as information about what to do if you are experiencing anti-social behavour, issues with housing and information about transport, social care and health and children's services.

The Safter Knowsley Partnership is Knowsley's Community Safety Partnership. This Partnership brings together the PCC, the police, council, fire service, housing associations and community, private and voluntary sector organisations to build safer communities and reduce crime and the fear of crime.