Police and Crime Panel

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Virtual meeting

Merseyside's Police Commissioner is today meeting with the Police and Crime Panel, the body which scrutinises her work.

Jane Kennedy meets six times a year with the Panel. They support the Commissioner in her work, while holding responsibility for overseeing her work and making sure she is holding the Chief Constable to account.

This is the fifth meeting of the 2020/21 financial year, and on the agenda for discussion are the PCC's budget proposals in regards to the police precept - the amount of money paid by local people in their council tax which is ring-fenced for policing. This follows a public consultation during which the PCC has asked members of the public how they feel about contributing a little extra, in line with government expectations.

The meeting will provide a forum for the PCC to provide an update on her priority of supporting victims, protecting vulnerable people and maintaining public safety.

The PCC will also use the meeting to update Panel members on her plans for the recruitment of a new Chief Constable for Merseyside Police, following the announcement that Andy Cooke QPM is to retire in April.

Police and Crime Panel meetings are always open to the public. However, due to the current government restrictions on meetings in light of the coronavirus pandemic, this meeting will be held virtually.

If you would like to observe proceedings, please visit the Knowsley Council YouTube channel.

The papers for this meeting are always published five days ahead of this meeting and can be found by going to the Police and Crime Panel section on the Knowsley Council website.