Police & Crime Commissioner for Merseyside
Annual Report 2018/19
Foreword 3 The year in highlights
Challenges & Realities
Police & Crime Plan priorities:
I. Prevent crime & anti-social behaviour;
II. Provide a visible & accessible neighbourhood policing style;
III. Tackle serious & organised crime;
IV. Support victims, protect vulnerable people & maintain public safety;
V. Working in partnership to improve road safety.
Listening to you
Working in partnership
Scrutiny & Transparency
Victim Care Merseyside
Funding â€“ investing in our communities
I. Crime and Disorder Reduction Grants
II. Additional Grants
Finances & Resources
Looking forward â€“ my final year
Foreword Thanks for taking the time to look at my seventh Annual Report. I am proud to have served as your Police and Crime Commissioner since November 2012. My objective of working towards a region which is safe and peaceful for all remains as strong today as the day I was elected, despite the challenges posed by the current financial climate, uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the very worrying increase in serious violence across the country. There is no doubt the current political and economic climate has had a significant impact on policing, the way I deliver oversight of Merseyside Police and my activities in the past 12 months. I continue to lobby hard for central government to recognise both the particular circumstances and challenges faced by Merseyside Police, and the needs of our police service nationally. From letters to ministers, round table events, national summits and an appearance at the Public Accounts Committee, the effort to make ministers listen and take action is constant. This climate has also had an impact on me politically and personally. As the financial year drew to a close, l took the decision to resign my membership of the Labour Party because of the continuing failure to address the hate crime that is anti-semistism, and wide-spread bullying that has sadly become endemic in parts of Merseyside. I could not remain a member of any political party where that is tolerated. I was elected to promote action against hate crime and I am duty-bound to oppose this type of behaviour. It grieves me very much that this is the situation now in the modern day Labour Party. As a result of this decision, Emily Spurrell chose to resign from her post as my Deputy. I was sorry to lose her as she was capable, effective and passionate about the work I asked her to do with victims of crime, especially victims of domestic abuse and rape and sexual assault. I thank her for all her hard work and wish her the very best in all her future endeavours.
While the funding situation remains very challenging, Merseyside Police continues to be rated as the best performing urban force in the country and has made real progress in delivering against the priorities I set in my Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021. This report gives a snapshot of some of this work and the ways I have been able to support it – from modernising and transforming the police estate, to commissioning a host of specialist support services for victims of crime and to funding a wide range of community initiatives which help to reduce the burden on our police service. This report includes a wealth of examples of fantastic projects, initiatives and campaigns which are making a genuine difference to communities across Merseyside and, in some cases, saving lives. As always, I would like to use this report as an opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to the Chief Officers, officers, PCSOs and staff of Merseyside Police, whose continuous commitment and dedication to delivering the best service to the public of Merseyside makes it an honour to perform this role; to all our community safety and criminal justice partners for the support they provide in this crucial work, and most importantly, to you for your ongoing support. As I travel across Merseyside, I never tire of hearing your praise and admiration for our police and the job they do, despite the very challenging and complex circumstances they face. It is by pulling together and supporting each other in this work that we can make Merseyside a safer, better place for everyone.
Right Honourable Jane Kennedy Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner
The year in highlights This section is designed to give you a snapshot of some of the highlights and key milestones from 2018/19. Please use the hyperlinks to find out more. You can find much more on my website at www.merseysidepcc.info
The start of the year saw Merseyside Police receive another ‘good assessment’ from the independent assessors at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMICFRS) with regards to the integrity of its crime data. While I united with the Force and the five local safeguarding boards to launch a new Merseyside approach to child exploitation and missing children. These new protocols will ensure a consistent approach to tackling these issues right across the region.
May saw the launch of a new support service launched for LGBTQI hate crime victims launched on International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. This new specialist service delivered by Citizens Advice Liverpool will provide victims with emotional support, practical assistance and help to cope and recover. I also opened the Crime Prevention Fund and hosted two events to support Mental Health Awareness Week.
The start of the summer saw my office host a special event to mark the third anniversary of the Victim Care Merseyside service, recognising the support offered to more than 19,000 victims of crime since the service first launched. It was also an opportunity for me to thank our commissioned services for their hard work and dedication and outline how a further £3m of support for victims would be allocated over the next three years.
July saw the counter terrorism tactic ‘Project Servator’ go live across Merseyside to deter, detect and disrupt criminal activity. For the third year running, I was pleased to be able to support the ‘Come out the Shadows’ campaign ahead of Liverpool Pride. Pride is always a major event in our annual calendar and this campaign is important in showing our region to be an inclusive, tolerant and diverse destination. I also joined the Chief Constable and a huge contingent from Merseyside Police to take part in the Pride parade.
August saw the Chief Constable and I introduce the Living Wage for all Merseyside Police staff, ensuring a pay rise for nearly 100 of the lowest paid staff in the organisation. I also urged the Government to take real action on the provision of Appropriate Adults, announced the ninth round of my Police Property Act Fund and launched a new campaign to warn would-be offenders: Liverpool is No Place for Hate.
As we moved toward autumn, there was a week of action to combat knife crime, Merseyside Police welcomed a new Deputy Chief Constable and my Deputy announced our plans to develop a network of Domestic Abuse ‘Champions’ to encourage businesses to help play their part in tackling the cycle of domestic abuse.
I appeared at an oral evidence session of the Public Accounts Committee in October to argue for more funding for our police service. This hearing gave me the opportunity to detail the devastating impact of budget cuts over the last eight years and the perilous financial position faced by our police service. Six more schools joined our fantastic Mini Police scheme enabling 140 youngsters to don their police caps and high visibility vests to become ambassadors for their school and local communities, while my office also trained more than 50 Merseyside Police cadets in how the police support people in crisis to mark World Mental Health Day.
I was delighted that in November a joint project my team had been working on in partnership with the city’s two football clubs, Everton and Liverpool FC, the Princes Trust and the Shrewsbury House Youth Club, netted £700,000 from the Home Office’s Early Intervention Youth Fund to tackle youth crime. The Merseyside Youth Alliance Project, will deliver early intervention programmes targeting young people aged 8-19 in hotspot areas across Merseyside.
I was forced to voice my disappointment over yet another disheartening police funding announcement from the Policing Minister in December. While MP Nick Hurd announced some additional funding to offset the pension deficit, he once again placed the burden of funding our police service onto the backs of the poorest in Britain. Take a look at my full response here.
The precept consultation continued into February and, following really positive feedback from you, the Chief Constable and I were extremely pleased to be able to announce that, for the first time in nine years, we will be putting additional feet on the beat. At a special public budget meeting, we confirmed our plans to recruit an additional 80 new police officers and 14 police staff, while stemming the loss of approximately 40 officer posts. February was also a busy month of awareness events, including Hate Crime Awareness Week and Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, which I marked by releasing new social media films to promote the support on offer to victims through the Victim Care Merseyside service. These films feature powerful testimony from victims who have been helped to cope and recover by our fantastic commissioned services.
The New Year saw me set out on extensive public consultation to seek the public’s views on police funding and plans to recruit 40 new officers. To support my priority of working with partners to improve road safety, in January I was pleased to announce the introduction of a number of ‘speed on green’ cameras in partnership with the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership.
March saw some great steps in the fight against Violence against Women and Girls, including the introduction of a women-only review court, the release of the Government’s refreshed VAWG strategy and a progress update from Liverpool City Region leaders on the progress towards our regional strategy.
I also launched a new inquiry into sexual violence on Merseyside. The Sexual Violence review aims to uncover the true picture of sexual violence in the region, examining the extent and nature of the issue and map the services which are available to support those who have been subject to such crimes, in order to improve the services offered to victims in the future.
Challenges & Realities Since releasing my Police and Crime Plan in 2017, the challenges and demands faced by Merseyside Police have grown significantly, yet the number of officers and staff within the Force has dramatically reduced. While no day for the Force is ‘average’, the infographic on this page aims to give you an overview of the demands placed upon Merseyside Police in a single 24 hour period. I produced a similar graphic in 2017 and there are already some startling differences:
Despite these strenuous efforts, we cannot ignore that crime is on the increase. Compared to 2017/18, there has been a 6% increase in overall crime on Merseyside. This picture reflects the national picture – with crime rising across England and Wales by 7.1%.
999 calls – 819 a day, up from 614 101 calls – 694 a day, up from 667 Arrests – 81 a day, up from 62 2,362 sexual and violent offenders managed under Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements, up from 2,119.
In the two years since I released my Police and Crime Plan officer numbers have continued to plummet – from 3,672 down to 3,469. I have said it before, but I believe it is important to emphasise: no organisation which relies so heavily on its workforce can lose this many people without it having a major impact on the service it is able to deliver. It is important to highlight that despite the decrease in officer numbers, arrests have continued to increase, with on average 2,508 arrests per month – up 11% on last year. It has been well publicised that the Chief Constable is a vocal advocate of Stop and Search – describing it as the “single greatest power that the police have to target and disrupt crime”. I support this view and back his approach. The Force now conducts on average 70 Stop and Searches every single day, compared to 23 just two years ago.
It is worth highlighting that there have been some notable reductions in some of the most serious crimes. Homicides have reduced by 19% and firearms discharges have dropped by 12%. Worryingly though, there has been a dramatic increase in knife crime of 38%, although improvements in crime recording have played a role in this jump. The Force is taking this increase very seriously and, as the year, drew to close, a week of action to combat knife crime saw 146 knives seized, 38 arrests, 13 engagement events and a high profile communication campaign. Looking at this worrying rise in more detail, the longterm trend in relation to knife crime is somewhat sporadic, but does reflect an upward trend since the beginning of 2018. Improvements in crime recording have played a role in this jump and the Force assures me that the use of the ‘knife crime flag’ to mark has significantly improved. In the past 12 months, knife crime volumes have a more stable trend, with the average monthly volume being 97 crimes. This includes both domestic and non-domestic use. Unfortunately, we are unable to compare volumes nationally as each force has a different definition of this flag. Our use of the knife crime ‘flag’ was audited in 2017 /18 providing additional reassurance it is being used appropriately. It is also worth noting that Merseyside Police are one of the most proactive forces in regards to stop and search, as highlighted above.
A Day in the Life
Incoming Demand 140,000 Twitter followers 73,380 Facebook followers
On an average day for Merseyside Police
Undertake 1 place of safety order under Sec. 136 Mental Health Act
Conduct 70 Stop and Search of which 51 are drug related, 9 stop searches will result in arrests Conduct 10 Roadside Breath tests
Attended 496 incidents Make 81 arrests of which 1.7 will be Sexual Oﬀences
2 International Ports and 1 International Airport
Attend 5 RTC’s with casualties
Population of Merseyside is 1.42 million with 3149 police oﬃcers
19 Use of Force instances are recorded
Merseyside Police covers 250 square miles
Managing approximately 2,362 sexual and violent oﬀenders under Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements
158 visitors to General Enquiry Oﬃces Our contact centre receives 2,278 calls We receive 694 Non-emergency calls
We receive 819 999 calls
Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
19 Use of Force 2 Penalty Notices for Disorder and 6 Cannabis Warnings 344 Crimes recorded including: 14 Burglary Dwellings, 108 Thefts, 15 Thefts from Motor Vehicles, 8 Theft of Motor Vehicles, 118 Violent Crimes, 3 Robberies, 2 Rapes and 6 Sexual Assaults
1,040 Incidents are recorded
Deal with 84 ASB incidents
Performance • 5th best force in the UK; • Best performing metropolitan force in the UK • Outstanding response to serious and organised crime Despite the challenges outlined above, Merseyside Police continues to be the best performing metropolitan force in the country. This isn’t just my assessment, it’s backed up by independent assessors from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS). They rate Merseyside Police as the fifth best force in the country.
They have graded the Force as GOOD in each of the three main assessment categories – effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy, with a grading of OUTSTANDING for its response to serious and organised crime. It was particularly pleasing to see that inspectors reported that while Merseyside Police was previously assessed as outstanding, they have not stood still. Instead, they have continued to develop. Inspectors found positive work that they had not seen being undertaken anywhere else.
Financial pressures From day one and throughout both my terms in office, I have lobbied hard for fairer funding for Merseyside Police. In 2018/19, this included uniting with the four other politicians overseeing Britain’s biggest police forces to urge the Chancellor and Home Secretary to reverse the shortfall in funding for the police service. I also gave oral evidence to the Public Accounts Committee. The resulting report from the Committee was damning. They highlighted that public confidence in the police has been “severely dented” as Forces struggle to prioritise what work should be delivered, while officers’ personal resilience is being effected. Crime, including violent and sexual offences, has increased, forces are dealing with more incidents which are not crime and forces have fewer frontline staff to respond. The report also emphasises that “forces cannot do everything” and are being forced to ‘cost shunt’ as they pick up responsibility from other areas of public spending. In October, proposed pension changes also threatened to swing a wrecking ball through the police budget. It followed a Treasury revaluation of the National Police Pension scheme which identified a deficit of £417m. While the Treasury agreed to provide a one-off payment of £252m nationally, it was proposed the outstanding £165m bill be imposed on local police forces.
If enforced, Merseyside Police would have been left footing an additional bill of £5m in 2019/2020 and £7m the following financial year – the equivalent of 300 police officer posts It was a huge relief when the police funding settlement was announced in December that the government had seen sense and agreed to offset the pension deficit. Disappointingly though, the government gave no new money for the day-to-day running of Merseyside Police, the cost of which is increasing every year due to pay and price inflation. Instead, ministers put the responsibility on PCCs around the country to ask their already-heavily burdened residents, to contribute more. This was a request I was extremely reluctant to make. However, my hands were tied. If I had not taken this opportunity to raise the precept then Merseyside Police would be even further stretched, there would be even fewer officers patrolling our streets and ultimately the safety of our communities will be put in greater jeopardy. I am extremely grateful to you for responding so positively to my consultation and your willingness to pay a little extra. From 2,200 respondents, more than 74% supported a proposal to increase the policing element of your council tax to protect police officer posts and recruit more. I am delighted that this means we are now in a position to recruit new officers for the first time in nine years.
Police & Crime Plan priorities The Police and Crime Plan I released in March 2017, following extensive consultation with the public, sets out my policing priorities for Merseyside until 2021. These determine how Merseyside Police concentrate their resources, and provide a basis for my work with community safety and criminal justice partners. This part of my Annual Report reviews the progress made in 2018/19 in delivering these priorities and on the following pages I have outlined just a few examples of how my engagement with, and scrutiny of, Merseyside Police has made a difference in each of my priority areas.
Prevent crime & anti-social behaviour
My priority of preventing crime and anti-social behaviour is tackled on several fronts, predominantly working with Merseyside Police and partner agencies, but also through representation on numerous strategic groups, commissioning services for the victims of crime, community engagement and media campaigns. 11
As highlighted in the â€˜Realities & Challengesâ€™ section of this report, after years of excruciating cuts to our police service, crime is on the increase. Significantly, there has been a major rise in knife crime. I am however reassured though that the force has seen a decrease in vehicle offences, burglaries, theft from the person, criminal
damage, shoplifting and gun discharges. I hope that the additional revenue this year raised through the council tax precept, in addition to extra funding granted by the Home Office to tackle Serious Violence, will start to redress the balance of almost a decade of devastating cuts to frontline policing. It is also notable that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate continue to rate Merseyside Police as ‘Good’ at their core business of preventing crime, tackling ASB and keeping people safe.
Operation Castle, a forcewide operation to reduce burglaries has resulted in a 22% reduction in burglary offences in the last 12 months compared to the previous year, together with an increase in the number of solved cases. House burglaries are now at their lowest level since June 2013 – a major success story! My team and I sit on a diverse range of strategic groups which take action to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, ranging from multi-agency partnerships such as Hate Crime Reduction Groups and Disarm meetings to single issue groups with a reach across Merseyside, such as the Harmful Practises Group and the Modern Slavery Network. We also attend as many community meetings as possible, and I have convened numerous ad hoc meetings with councillors and MPs across the region to address concerns about ASB. Noting the success of diversionary activity for young people in reducing ASB, I have encouraged councillors to join forces and provide effective and engaging youth engagement, such as that delivered by The Hive in Birkenhead. I extended an invitation to all members of the Community Safety Partnership to visit The Hive prior to the meeting last year, to witness the facilities and activities on offer. Following feedback from members of the public and community groups regarding crime and anti-social behaviour throughout the year, myself and my team attended public meetings in Wallasey, West Kirby and Birkenhead. The meetings allowed members of the public to share their concerns about issues including scrambler bikes, burglaries and drug-dealing. I invited the local policing teams and other key partners to attend on each occasion to ensure the residents were linked in with their dedicated officers and to provide updates on the work currently taking place to tackle the problems. This not only gave members of the public the chance to raise their concerns, but also to inform them of the best channels to use to report different types of crime, including via the website, online reporting on social media and organisations such as Crimestoppers.
Responding to reports of high ASB and burglaries in Dovecot, Deputy PCC Emily Spurrell, attended a community meeting with the local policing team and councillors. After speaking to the concerned residents, Emily organised for the area to benefit from Neighbourhood Watch schemes and the police suggested practical crime prevention methods. Following an increase in the number of reported hate crime incidents in Liverpool city centre, the City Centre Joint Action Group and I delivered an initiative to deter people from becoming involved in hate crime within the night time economy. The campaign involved displaying hard-hitting posters in bars and restaurants, accompanied by a social media focus. This attracted significant media attention and was welcomed by partner agencies and licensees. Operation Banger is an initiative run by Merseyside Police to engage young people between Halloween and Bonfire Night. Year on year this deters young people from committing crime and ASB, and I complement this by inviting bids from organisations who provide diversionary activity through the Police Property Act Fund. Further information on this fund can be found on page 38. I also support Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) where appropriate. After seeking feedback from my team and partners, it is clear that, used well, they can be an effective tool for the police. The PSPO in Liverpool 8 for example has seen reported incidents of ASB fall by nearly 700 this year due to the close working partnership between the police and local youth providers, who set up contracts for young people to attend youth clubs, in turn improving their behaviour. Those who broke their contracts had consequences, which could ultimately lead to arrest. Feedback in Westvale, Kirkby has confirmed that use of PSPOs is starting to impact on the activity of gangs, as well as providing local reassurance for communities who have been impacted by crime and ASB. In terms of perpetrators of crime and ASB, I have statutory responsibility to prepare a Community Remedy for the Merseyside area. This is a list of actions which the local policing body considers appropriate for a person who has committed an offence, or engaged in ASB, which can be dealt with without court proceedings, however the remedies must either assist in rehabilitation, ensure the person makes reparation for the offence or punish the person. This can be a particularly effective way of dealing with criminals with the aim being to reduce recidivism, however the victim of the crime must be in agreement with the course of action suggested.
Provide a visible & accessible neighbourhood policing style, During my travels across Merseyside, attending meetings with communities and partners, I am heartened by the publicâ€™s enduring appreciation of the work of the police and how much their presence is valued. Whilst continuing to provide visible policing is undoubtedly challenging with reduced funding, I am committed to ensuring that the police continue to have a meaningful presence on the streets of Merseyside, but also that this presence can manifest itself in the new technology, which is now so widely used. My Community Engagement team fulfil a vital role in increasing communication between the police and different Merseyside communities, by supporting vulnerable sectors of society, increasing citizen participation in policing and improving engagement with young people. This communication helps to inform the police where to focus their own community activity, and I am proud that schemes like the Youth Advisory Group and Mini Police provide such an engaging way for young people to connect with the police in a positive and informal way, helping to build trusted relationships. 13
We also have several ways in which members of the public can volunteer to help the police, whether through being a Special Constable, Police Cadets, or being Independent Custody Visitors. All of these schemes help the police, and provide another aspect of visibility and public reassurance, which has been particularly welcome in recent years when Government cuts have resulted in over 1,100 fewer officers.
Taking the right steps I am pleased to report that work to deliver my 10-year strategy to improve the Forceâ€™s stations and buildings, while reducing the annual running costs, continues apace. I have fortnightly meetings with the Merseyside Policeâ€™s estates team to support progress on these large scale projects. I recognise that this is a key way in which I can support the Force to meet the challenge of providing a visible and accessible presence, but in buildings that have the right facilities and are in the right locations.
Key steps forward • In November, we formally opened the Operational Command Centre (OCC) in Speke. This purpose-built centre for tackling serious and organised crime, which now houses more than 1,200 officers and staff who make up the Force’s Matrix teams, was completed on time and on budget, while also delivering plenty of local benefit. Two rooms within the new centre have been named in honour of Merseyside Police officers who were killed in the line of duty, PC Dave Phillips and PC Raymond Davenport, and it was a source of great pride to welcome their families to the grand opening. • Work on the Edge Lane Vehicle Fleet and Operational Policing Hub is well underway. In February a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony saw the last piece of steel installed and work has now begun on kitting out the centre, which will provide a base for approximately 550 police staff. It is expected they will start to move over in November this year, with all officers and staff due to be relocated by March 2020. • Following some disappointing delays beyond our control, I am optimistic that we are now close to starting work on the new police headquarters on Scotland Road and I look forward to making further announcements in the near future. • I also moved my own office out of Allerton Police Station this year in order to generate more than £1m for Merseyside Police. Following substantial interest in the prime location on Rose Lane, I took the decision to put the building on the market to raise vital funds. The move has saved more than £50,000 each year on the annual running costs of the police estate which can be redirected straight into frontline policing. My team have now temporarily relocated to vacant space in Wavertree Road Police Station, while space is prepared in Mather Avenue police building, where the office will be permanently relocated hopefully in early 2020.
with partners to ensure each CPS is appropriately placed and myself, my Deputy and my team have visited each of the sites, including attending some surgeries, providing an opportunity for the public to voice their concerns and provide feedback. • In Sefton, we celebrated with key partners the opening of the Community Police Station in Maghull. The local policing team now run weekly surgeries from the station and arrange themed community events such as bike marking and community safety advice sessions. Ainsdale CPS is due to open imminently, and we are actively searching for accessible venues elsewhere in Merseyside to ensure all communities have regular access to their local policing teams. • There are now 14 Community Police Stations. A review of their use is currently underway within the force and I am keen to see the results and ensure there is consistency in their use across Merseyside. • An example of how Community Police Stations can be used to best effect is Granby Street in Toxteth. Here the beat bobby makes regular use of the facilities, carries out foot patrols from the Community Police Station and encourages it to be used for community meetings, events and groups on a very regular basis. As a result, up to 100 people attend the Community Police Station weekly and he has an in-depth understanding of the very diverse communities he serves.
• Our network of Community Police Stations also continues to grow across Merseyside. Wirral now has six Community Police Stations (CPSs) within accessible venues across the borough, where members of the public can attend weekly surgeries to speak to officers about any concerns they may have. I have consulted 14
Engaging with Merseyside’s communities – traditional & digital Demand continues to increase. • Emergency Calls • 22,711 average monthly calls • 8% increase compared to last year • 26% increase compared to 3 years ago • Non-Emergency Calls • 25,445 average monthly calls • 3% increase compared to last year • 30% increase compared to 3 years ago. • Social Media Desk; • More then 22,000 contacts requiring action over the past 12 months. • 62% of respondents would have contacted 101 if social media was not available. • Emergency Response; • Performance maintained. • Over the past 12 months; 90% of incidents attended within 15 minutes. • 1% increase in volume of incidents compared to last year. • Number of violence incidents have increased by 35%. 15
As well as having physical venues, I made it a key deliverable for the police to improve their engagement with the public through new technology. This included encouraging Merseyside Police to be one of the first forces to sign up to Single Online Home, a national website where the public can report crimes and get advice. This IT development will eventually provide a single shared platform for all 43 forces to support enhanced ease of access for the pubic to a broad range of policing services. The Force became an early adopter of Single Online Home in mid-December 2018 and the results have already been impressive. In the first two weeks of January, 484 crimes and 135 road traffic incidents were reported through the website. The website will continue to introduce more transactional services during the course of the year, giving the public more choice in how they communicate with the Force and access services, whilst reducing demand on 101. The Force are also using social media even more effectively for each local policing area. A good example of success is the St Helens Facebook site, which is now followed by nearly 10,000 local residents, while there are now nearly 13,000 followers on the Force’s Instagram account. In the last twelve months Merseyside Police have introduced a Digital PCSO, a Snap Chat account has been launched and there are plans to introduce a virtual General Enquiry Officer by screen in the near future.
Merseyside Policeâ€™s control room respond to more than a million calls each year, with approximately 80% of calls being crime related. Phone calls remain the primary means of contacting the police for members of the public and call demand for both 999 and 101 are increasing both locally and nationally. I closely monitor call statistics at each Force Inspection meeting, and my team attend Response and Resolution Performance meetings to provide further scrutiny.
The Home Office requires the police to undertake regular surveys to monitor satisfaction from victims of crime, which I scrutinise during my quarterly Force Inspection meetings. Approximately 80% of victims of burglary, vehicle crime and hate crime report they have been satisfied with the whole experience over the last twelve months.
During 2018/2019, there were 69,636 incidents requiring an emergency police response. Offices arrived at 63,020 of those incidents within 15 minutes, equating to 90.4% of the time. This is very comparable with the previous year, when there were nearly 600 fewer emergency incidents (69,072) and in 91.1% of cases officers were on scene in 15 minutes. During the last year, the force has dealt with an average of 334 incidents every day that do not require an emergency response, but are assessed as still requiring police officer attendance. Of these incidents, 79% resulted in the attendance of a police officer within four hours. Whilst acknowledging that call response times can vary, it is notable that increasing the channels for the public to contact the police is increasing, rather than reducing demand. In the age of mobile phones and multi-media, where incidents are often reported by numerous members of the public on multiple devices simultaneously, the Force is faring well at response times overall, and are graded as â€˜Goodâ€™ by HMICFRS for treating people fairly and with respect. 16
Tackle serious & organised crime
Sadly, serious and organised crime remains a blight on some of our communities, bringing fear, misery and harm to decent law-abiding citizens. While this remains the case, the Chief Constable and I are committed to working relentlessly to bringing criminal gangs to justice, and restoring peace to our communities. Merseyside Police lead on the oversight of the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, with our Chief Constable being the national lead for Serious and Organised Crime for the UK. After the launch of the Home Office’s Serious Violence Strategy last April, I also took a position on the Home Office’s Serious Violence Taskforce. These positions ensure the Chief Constable and I keep abreast of national and regional activity, possible funding opportunities, and strategic ways of tackling this sort of crime. My team sit on the police’s localised Threat, Harm and Risk meetings enabling me to have a knowledge of the serious and organised crime across the county. This is juxtaposed with the anecdotal evidence they hear from communities and community leaders that is fed into police intelligence systems. This year has seen significant prosecutions around Modern Slavery and Child Criminal Exploitation. I have also reviewed and relaunched the multi-agency strategic Modern Slavery Network. This work drew down funding from the Police Transformation Fund and has led to awareness raising events being held for businesses and third sector agencies, as well as events for the public to ‘Spot the Signs’ of slavery. I have also hosted the National Slavery Reduction group. The Force is already reaping the benefits of the colocation of 1,200 officers and staff working together under one roof at the Operational Command Centre 17
(please see Taking the Right Steps page 13). Having this one central base, dedicated to tackling serious and organised crime, equips the police with the ability to focus different teams and departments to communicate and achieve better outcomes for our communities. As an example, recent murder investigations have allowed the Major Crime Unit to draw immediate support from Telecoms, Digital Forensics, Intelligence Support, Economic Crime, Arrest and Search Teams. County Lines is a rapidly emerging issue for the police here and throughout the country. It refers to criminals from major cities expanding their drug networks to other areas, using vulnerable children. It involves serious criminal behaviour, including violence, exploitation and abuse. The Chief Constable and I have been clear that Merseyside Police should have a coherent strategy to prevent child trafficking, and we are the first Force area to have commissioned a dedicated support service for children who have been affected by County Lines, delivered by Catch 22 as part of my Victim Care Merseyside services (please see page 31).
I was also pleased to unite with the Force and the region’s five local safeguarding boards last year to launch new pan-Merseyside Child Exploitation and Missing Children Protocols which will ensure a consistent approach to tackling these issues right across the region.
During my Force Inspections, and one-to-one meetings with the Chief Constable, I receive updates on the number of firearm discharges, ongoing investigations around high profile incidents and the progress of the knife crime strategy, an overview of domestic homicides, and an update on raids and large scale seizures. As previously mentioned, Merseyside Police were graded as OUTSTANDING last year by HMICFRS for their efforts in dealing with serious and organised crime, with inspectors highlighting that the Force hasn’t stood still for the last year, but continued to progress with activities and methods not seen anywhere else.
I have fully supported the Chief Constable’s approach to the police using Stop and Search, bucking the national trend by increasing the use of this valuable tool. An independent body reviews any complaints, which account for 0.1% of all searches. All officers are required to use body-worn cameras for every search, and this tool has been particularly effective with regard to apprehending individuals with suspected links to organised crime.
Merseyside Police’s Operation Starlight has received national media coverage for success in targeting criminals involved in serious organised, resulting in the seizure of drugs worth a street value of £1.25m and resulting in nine gang members receiving a total of 130 years imprisonment in October 2018. I have been able to further support this work by focusing my Crime Prevention Fund towards projects that tackle serious and organised crime, encouraging community organisations to come together to tackle issues in their areas and prevent the increase of criminal activity (Please see page 37).
Shining a light on knife crime For the last twelve months I have been working closely with Merseyside Police and the five Local Authorities to develop a pan-Merseyside knife crime strategy. The aim of the strategy is to provide a coordinated response to the issue of knife crime by sharing information and developing a county-wide ‘toolkit’ to deal with all aspects of the problem, from early intervention and prevention in primary schools to tackling those offenders involved in serious and organised crime.
Each of the five Community Safety Partnerships has responsibility for developing a strand of the overall strategy, with updates on the work being fed back to my pan-Merseyside board, the Community Safety Partnership. The strategy is currently in development and plans are in place to ensure all Merseyside partners are working to the same aims and objectives.
CASE STUDY 1 The Merseyside Youth Alliance In November 2018, I secured more than £699,000 from the Home Office’s Early Intervention Youth Fund for a project which will be overseen by my office to prevent serious violence, tackle gang culture and protect young people from exploitation. The Merseyside Youth Alliance is a collaboration between the charitable arms of both Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs, The Princes Trust and Shrewsbury House Youth Club in Liverpool, all of whom have a long history of working with young people at risk of offending or becoming victims of crime. The project was launched in December 2018 and builds upon a variety of initiatives already being delivered to young people who are involved in or at risk of becoming involved in serious and violent crime. The Alliance has recruited specialist workers to deliver support programmes in schools and youth centres (including training for staff), as well as undertaking outreach work in problem areas. Partnerships have also been forged with local businesses so that young people have the opportunity to develop positive career pathways, away from criminality. A few of the highlights of the project to date include: • More than 40 young people who are at risk of committing offences attended a workshop concentrating on street gangs and county lines; • ‘Road to Finch Farm’ - six secondary schools attended a football tournament which also included no more knife workshops from local NHS nurses who deal with serious violence incidents in local hospitals; • Delivered two, six week ‘Achieve’ programmes to 27 young people and supported the young people to move from the programme back into education or an alternative positive outcome;
• Trainee Detective Course – 15 secondary school students were ‘sworn in’ as detectives by Merseyside Police as part of a project designed to help young people make the right decisions in the future and equip them to recognise the signs of criminal exploitation. The scheme involved students from years 9, 10 and 11 from schools in communities where young people are vulnerable to criminal exploitation. To build on this work, and in recognition of the recent increase in knife crime and other forms of serious violence, I supported Merseyside Police in their bid for more than £13m of additional Government funding to tackle serious violence in Merseyside and we await news on how much Merseyside will receive. To support this work, I am in the process of starting to establish a new multi-agency forum specifically to oversee this work, called the Violence Reduction Partnership, with partners including Local Authorities, the education sector, public health and the police to deliver an all-encompassing public health approach to addressing the causes of serious violence. Spearheading the development of this partnership will be Professor John Ashton, former Regional Director of Public Health for the North West, who I have appointed as my Public Health Advisor to drive this partnership forward. The causes of serious violence are extremely complex and deep-seated. It is not possible to simply ‘police’ our way out of violent crime. We need to look beyond, at societal problems including poverty, mental illhealth, education, issues of addiction and lack of opportunity. Central Government are also pushing for a public-health focussed response to addressing this issue and as region we need to respond to this challenge.
Support victims, protect vulnerable people & maintain public safety CASE STUDY 2
Protecting people is the primary function of the police, and this is a priority I take extremely seriously. Providing high quality services for the victims of crime, additional support for more vulnerable sectors of society and raising awareness of some of the more pernicious types of crime, which are often committed in secrecy, are core elements of my role. It provides me with reassurance HMICFRS has rated Merseyside Police as Good for vulnerability and supporting victims. I continue to deliver a range of mental health seminars for police and partners. The seminar on psychosis for Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2018, jointly run with Mersey Care NHS, was attended by more than 140 delegates. The seminar not only highlighted this vulnerable community, but enabled Merseyside Police’s ‘Synergy’ mental health team to provide an update on how they support vulnerable individuals through its ‘liaison and diversion’ services with the triage car and police custody support. In a thematic report on mental health produced by HMICFRS in November 2018, Merseyside Police received national recognition for best practice in their use of the triage car, which brought about a 40% reduction in those detained under the s136 of the Mental Health Act. I also support the joint Probation Service, NHS England and CPS test-bed project in conjunction with Sefton’s Complex Needs Court. This is one of five national test-beds using ‘Mental Health Treatment Orders’ to rehabilitate offenders with mental health concerns by addressing their offending behaviour through therapy and other support services. This innovative work has seen individuals drastically reduce or stop their offending behaviour, thus reducing potential victims and increasing public safety.
The Red Umbrella project is making big strides in supporting and protecting sex workers from violence, abuse and exploitation after starting work in December 2017. National charity, Changing Lives, who were commissioned to deliver the service, confirm that reports of crimes against sex workers have risen threefold in one year, compared to the previous three years. Since February 2018, Changing Lives has provided services to 230 individual clients and conducted 2,264 interventions varying from emotional, employment, housing and health support, as well as setting up a service user forum. Feedback from this forum shows it is helping users to feel less isolated and judged and provides a platform to inform users of the services which are available. Demand for Red Umbrella’s services is already exceeding expectations and clients are involved in three pieces of academic work to manage and evaluate key information to improve the project and establish a baseline for Merseyside. A team of volunteers has been recruited from a wide range of backgrounds, including those with lived experience of sex work, alongside professionals, to support the project and a number of serious cases, including one individual accused of three rapes, are currently progressing through the justice system.
I’m pleased to announce that next month (April) I will will launch a new scheme aimed at breaking the cycle of domestic abuse with the help of employers. The Merseyside Work Place Domestic Abuse Champions’ scheme aims to encourage businesses to provide staff with a safe working environment and appoint ‘champions’ to help colleagues who may need support. Businesses that sign up to the initiative receive free training and toolkits to help designated staff spot the signs of possible abuse, equipping ‘champions’ with the skills to provide advice, offer support and signpost victims to outreach workers or specialist support.
My Community Engagement Team continue to represent me on a number of local, regional and national forums to ensure progress on this priority. Examples include the Merseyside Modern Slavery Network, the Harmful Practices Strategic Group, the Strategic Domestic Violence Abuse Group, National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network, Hate Crime Reduction Groups and the Liverpool City Region Protecting Vulnerable People Strategic Group. These groups all have the ultimate aim to protect vulnerable people and provide coherent, joined up services for the victims of crime.
A huge amount of localised work has also been going on throughout the last year which I have been able to support and I’m pleased to be able to include a few examples here. • Knowsley and Sefton councils joined together to launch an awareness campaign highlighting the impact of coercive behaviour in relation to domestic abuse victims. There has been a national push to highlight and criminalise this behaviour to support victims of domestic abuse and its impact. The Knowsley / Sefton campaign includes promotional material on taxis, local transport as well as fire engines along with a signposting service on the internet. • In Sefton, work is underway with a number of grass root organisations who work with victims of crime and / or vulnerable groups. These include Ability Plus Forum, Get Involved Group, Sefton Advocacy Group, and Parenting 2000 Migrant Workers Group. This provides a critical route to inform members of the public who may be more vulnerable about our commissioned services, community safety issues, and helps to build trust between the public and the police. • I have also taken part in an e-learning package produced by Wirral Mencap aimed at supporting people with learning disabilities across the borough. I took the opportunity to highlight the importance of reporting any safeguarding issues to the police or by using one of the many third-party reporting centres I have established across Merseyside.
My team has also been involved in a problem-solving group looking at unreported hate crime incidents in the Birkenhead area, including partners from the police, the council and local schools, as well as third sector agencies. As part of this work, Stop Hate UK, a charity I commission to take third-party reports of Hate Crime, have visited the area to deliver hate crime awareness workshops to community members and school pupils. I also part-funded their Community Cohesion event in order to provide reassurance to the different communities and build links. Last year I changed my previous victim commissioning strategy to a three year cycle, which will be reviewed annually. This benefits service providers by bringing stability to the commissioning process and, crucially, provides continuity of care for victims. I closely monitor the quarterly reports, which contain comprehensive details of the support that Victim Care Merseyside services have delivered on behalf of victims. You can find more details of the services available on page 31.
Working in partnership to improve road safety
11% decrease in those killed or seriously injured on our roads Every serious road traffic accident carries a huge emotional and psychological cost and a considerable effect on all those involved. I am fully committed to making the roads of Merseyside a safer place for all users, reducing the suffering caused each year. This work is carried out in partnership with Merseyside Police, Merseyside Roads Safety Partnership (MRSP), the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and other agencies working to reduce the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the regions roads. I attend a number of meetings to make progress on this priority, including the MRSP, the Transport Advisory Group, the Police Strategic Roads Policing Group and TravelSafe, where I can directly influence the work of partners, as well as scrutinise the work of the police. One of my Community Engagement Officers specialises in road safety matters and regularly provides me with updates detailing how campaigns are developing. Since I made the decision to include ‘working in partnership to improve road safety’ as one of my key priorities, there has been a year-on-year reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads, with 493 casualties in 2018. 23
This amounts to an 11% decrease on the previous year and we are moving nearer to the MRSP’s vision of 400 people killed or seriously injured by 2020, with the ultimate vison of no one being killed or seriously injured on our roads. Sadly, in the same 12 month period there was a 22% increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured in St Helens. I have asked the Force to provide me with detailed analysis on the causes of these incidents, and to advise what additional measures the police and partners can take to address this worrying rise. The Highways Network Manager for St Helens council has since advised that the council are conducting surveys with pedestrians on one route, and are considering reducing the speed limit from 70MPH to 60MPH on another key road. Furthermore, the police have stepped up their enforcement activity and road safety campaigns in St Helens since September 2018. I have strongly advocated for MRSP to do more analytical work, and it is welcome news that MRSP have now employed a strategic analyst, to identify areas of concern and recommend proactive enforcement and engagement with road users to help to reduce the number of accidents. This analyst will produce quarterly bulletins for each region of Merseyside, and the role will also involve working closely with key partners.
A further positive development for MRSP is their recent recruitment of a communications officer to raise awareness and run targeted media campaigns to educate residents across Merseyside. I look forward to a revamped MRSP website and greater social media presence from the partnership in the months ahead. As a member of the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Combined Authority, I have pressed the authority to incorporate road safety in a number of their policy areas. In the last twelve months we have seen a huge increase in the number of taxi drivers arrested for drug driving offences, with 98 licensed drivers arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs between May 2018 and March 2019. Consequently, last April I took the issue of drug testing for taxi drivers to the authority, advising that I would like to see a standardised approach to drug testing implemented across the region. This would mean that all prospective taxi drivers and those seeking to renew their licenses would be subject to a mandatory drug test, a practise often used in business. I followed this up by attending the LCR Leaders, Metro Mayor and Mayor meeting in March, and was assured that there is political will for the mandatory drug testing for taxi drivers to be progressed. Numerous and varied projects have been run to support the reduction in people killed or seriously injured across Merseyside. One example being targeted operations, using information supplied by members of the public to direct officers to locations where speeding is perceived to be an issue. Another initiative has raised awareness of the vulnerability of cyclists by posting safety information on the rear of buses. This follows on from the launch of the Safe Pass operation launched in 2017.
The Forceâ€™s fantastic Mini Police are also working with great effect on this priority by helping the police to carry out their duties, such as road safety awareness and speed watch operations. It is clear young people are very effective in educating all generations and they have been involved in informing drivers of the consequences of speeding, poor driving and dangerous, inconsiderate parking. They have also produced a drama directed at year 9 pupils, which uses a multi-sensory approach to convey a powerful message with the aim of reducing pedestrian casualties where the main contributory factor was failure to look properly. Merseyside Police also engaged the youngsters by staging a collision to highlight the dangers of scrambler bikes to the children. I have also supported the police in introducing Speed on Green cameras at a number of traffic lights across Merseyside. The evidence is indisputable; driving at speed is one of the biggest causes of road traffic accidents, and road junctions can be difficult to navigate in some weather conditions. I fully support the police in taking progressive action to encourage motorists to drive more responsibly. I recognise that changing mindsets to using our roads responsibly will not happen overnight, but since introducing this priority in 2017 it is encouraging to note that there has been a reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured of 10% in 2017 and 11% in 2018, and I am hopeful that this downward trend will continue in the year ahead. (Please note 2018 data is subject to confirmation by the Department of Transport, expected June 2019).
Listening to you 9,299 people spoken to during 18/19
5,014 stakeholders engaged with
369 meetings & events attended
I am proud to be the voice of the public on Merseyside on policing. I can only perform this essential function if I am out and about across our region, listening to your views. I remain absolutely committed to meeting people from Heswall to Huyton, Speke to Southport. During the period April 2018 to March 2019, the team and I have had direct contact with 9,299 members of the public and 5,014 partner agencies at 369 events. During the year, my Deputy Emily Spurrell was also keen to visit projects and initiatives to find out more about the great community safety work taking place across the region. This included joining surgeries at Community Police Stations on the Wirral and a number of engagement days in different areas of Merseyside. My Community Engagement Team continue to act as my ambassadors in their respective area. Their work ranges from the grassroots, attending public meeting, forums and events, up to a strategical level sitting on a wide range of local partnership meetings.
Service and CELLS (Choices, Education, Life Long Skills) Project, an organisation working with young people who have been involved with knife crime. Together we were able to divert young people away from criminality as part of an intervention programme. • The police and I visited St Columba’s primary school in Huyton, following reports of significant crime and ASB in the area. This gave me the opportunity to work with the pupils, engaging them with police activity and highlighting the impact of criminality on young lives. I have since nominated the school as a ‘Mini Police’ school which will see 20 of its Year 6 pupils working on police projects to tackle ASB and other priorities. I also worked with Community Safety partners to support a ‘Day of Action’ in Hillside with staff from my office talking to residents about crime, and supported a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) application for Hillside to tackle some of the ongoing ASB concerns. • In Sefton, one of the focuses of our work has been to provide advice and reassurance to adults with learning disabilities. This resulted in coordinating interactive sessions with the police’s Joint Command and Control Centre to clearly demonstrate the police are committed to supporting and engaging with all sectors of society.
Youth Advisory Group
My office also worked alongside partners in providing visible reassurance to communities who had experienced serious organised crime activities. From attending community meetings to taking part in a multiagency ‘walkabouts’ to reassure communities that there is a cohesive approach to keeping our communities safe. While many examples of our work are covered in the ‘Priorities’ section of this report, here are just a handful of additional case studies of the work that my office and I have been involved in. • In St Helens, my staff completed four reassurance presentations to more than 100 staff and partners at St Helens DWP’s Jobcentre, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, ‘Pause’ and CGL drug and alcohol intervention services. These organisations provide support to vulnerable individuals who may come into contact with the criminal justice services. The presentations highlighted the work of the police force’s ‘liaison and diversion’ work with NHS partners and their work to help vulnerable individuals through support rather than criminalising someone through the revolving door of criminal justice services. This work coincided with another partnership with St Helens Youth Offending
My Youth Advisory Group continues to grow and I am committed to listening to the voice of our young people and acting on the issues that are important to them, with 50 young people making themselves available via email/social media and around 20 attending regular meetings. Issues that they have discussed this year include police stop and search procedures, mental health services available to young people in custody, knife crime awareness and a question and answer session with both myself and the Chief Constable. The group’s expertise has been also used by our partner agencies looking to hear the voice of young people.
DISARM I continue to work with Citysafe partners in areas of Liverpool identified as priority areas for gun and gang related activity. My office work alongside police at the Kirkdale Disarm meeting, successfully bringing partners together to deliver services and diversionary activities within the community. Work will continue in the areas of Speke, Kirkdale, Toxteth/Dingle and Anfield/Everton, overseen by the strategic DISARM group to ensure that all activities are effective and make a difference for decent, ordinary people living in those areas. 26
Working in partnership The police cannot protect our communities alone. As the budgets of all public sector organisations continue to shrink, and funding for the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector further dwindles, working in partnership becomes ever more important. We must share ideas, best practice and expertise, and pool our resources if we are to have the greatest impact on the issues facing our neighbourhoods. Fortunately, we have some really effective partnerships in our region:
Merseyside Community Safety Partnership Through 18/19 the Partnership’s meetings continued to be aligned to my policing priorities and served to identify opportunities for an evidence based, pan-Merseyside approach, including co-commissioning, the sharing of best practice and collaboration. In particular, I brought partners together to discuss a wide range of current matters, including a joint pan-Merseyside knife crime action plan, consistent ASB recording mechanisms and the New Integrated through the Gate Model to support the rehabilitation of offenders. Following a formal consultation, it has been agreed this year that the partnership will now operate under a new name, terms of reference and structure. The new partnership, named the Safer Merseyside Partnership, will shift to the oversight of the delivery of national strategies across Merseyside, whilst simultaneously maintaining a commitment to community safety.
The Partnership will also provide elected members with an overview of both the Protecting Vulnerable People forum in the Liverpool City Region structure and the Merseyside Criminal Justice Board. The new approach will provide an advisory role, and requires effective links with the various other relevant partnerships and meetings to ensure that the objectives of the Partnership and ultimately, those of the Mayor and the City Region Authority are met.
Merseyside Criminal Justice Board Ensuring an effective and efficient criminal justice system is one of my wider duties and one way I fulfil this duty is by continuing to chair this important board which brings together the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, Probations services, Youth Offending Teams, Prisons and Local Authorities amongst others. A few examples of our successes for 2018/19 include: • Engaging with Children’s and Adults Safeguarding Boards, in particular to scrutinise the police detention of young people with a view to this being minimised; • Agreeing a protocol to reduce the unnecessary criminalisation of Looked After Children in care homes with all Merseyside Local Authorities; • Supporting the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company to reduce reoffending so that Merseyside now has the lowest rate frequency of reoffending by offenders in the country;
• Supporting hate crime prosecutions that now have success levels in excess of 85%; • Developing a single Merseyside Special Domestic Violence Court went live in the first week of April 2018 managing all domestic violence hearings, including all trials, supported by specialist police, CPS Lawyers and Magistrates; • Piloting the extension of an initiative to pre-record the evidence of all vulnerable and intimidated witnesses thereby enabling them to provide best evidence. Collaboration Merseyside Police participate in a number of national and regional collaborations, such as the National Police Air Service (NPAS), and with regional police forces through the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.
In October 2018, Merseyside and North Wales Niche systems merged, with Cheshire joining the system this February to make one Tri-Force Niche system. This allows the ‘real-time’ sharing of operational information, allowing all three forces to instantly see, search and access each other’s data. Within hours of the combined system going live, data sharing between Merseyside and North Wales Police helped to safeguard a vulnerable domestic violence victim. This system is giving officers and staff more relevant data than ever before, enabling information and intelligence to be shared. The benefits are clear and examples already include the arrests in relation to county lines, burglaries, assault, organised crime, as well as greater protection for vulnerable people.
Scrutiny & Transparency Holding Merseyside Police to account on behalf of you is one of my main responsibilities. Take a look at some of the key mechanisms for how I do this below. Please click on the links to find more information on my website.
Merseyside Police rated as ‘Good’ overall across the HMICFRS PEEL inspection pillars: Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy & ‘Outstanding’ at tackling serious & organised crime;
Quarterly public joint Audit Committee meetings focusing on governance & risk management; 68 Key and ‘other’ decisions made and published on my website.
These one-to-one meetings provide an opportunity for me to question the Chief on the decisions he makes, many of which he consults with me on first, and to challenge decisions that I believe need further consideration or explanation. An example of a challenge was a recent force consideration to close some General Enquiry Office’s (GEOs) as a way of releasing much needed police officers to frontline duties. I completely understand the importance of having as many frontline officers as possible, as this is always a priority for the public, but I was concerned that that some members of the public may not have access to the police when needed with fewer GEOs. This challenge has resulted in a further review to see if other forms of police communication can ensure that the public do not feel isolated by such a decision.
18 one-to-one meetings with the Chief Constable to discuss strategic matters, issues of concern & ensure an open exchange of communication. A public register of all matters is published;
Refreshed Corporate Governance Framework produced ensuring we do business in the right way;
6 Police and Crime Panel meetings where members scrutinised & oversaw my work – supporting my priorities & providing guidance & advice on key decisions, including the Precept;
• 3 were recorded & dealt with via the Local Resolution process;
Received 53 complaints against the Chief Constable:
9 business cases approved through the Business Change and Efficiency Programme which I oversee in order to achieve the savings & effiicencies required to meet the demands of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.
Quarterly public Force Inspection meetings (previously Performance & Scrutiny Group) give me an opportunity to challenge & question Chief Officers within Merseyside Police;
Local resolution is a way of handling complaints by resolving, explaining or clearing up a matter directly with the complainant, usually by way of correspondence. It can be a proportionate, flexible and timely way to resolve complaints that would not justify formal disciplinary or criminal proceedings. Local resolution can only be used if it satisfies the suitability test. • 42 were not recorded, as they were repetitious of previously dealt with complaints; • 8 were not recorded as considered an abuse of the process.
6 responses to HMICFRS inspections on issues including child protection, police custody & hate crime,
Monitoring of Merseyside Police’s four equality objectives, making challenge where necessary, using information from my Community Engagement Team, the Criminal Justice Board & partners;
334 unannounced custody visits conducted by the Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) with welfare visits offered to 3,084 detainees.
As a result of feedback from victims, an important change that I made to victim services for 2018/19 was to move away from the previous one year commissioning cycle to a new three year cycle. These longer contracts bring greater stability for providers, are a more efficient and cost-effective use of time and effort, but most importantly allow victims of crime the reassurance of being supported by the same provider until they have recovered from their experience.
6,000 vulnerable victims provided with specialist care & support
Victim Referral Mechanism Merseyside Police
Child Sexual and Child Criminal Exploitation Support Service Catch 22 £182,000
Ensuring a direct pathway for victims requiring support and bringing together the work of neighbourhood officers & support services • Dedicated outreach service delivered by local policing staff; • 5 risk assessors one based within each of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH);
Over the last 12 months, Victim Care Merseyside has provided specialist support for more than 6,000 vulnerable victims of crime across Merseyside. The bespoke services which make up the Victim Care Merseyside package of care and support are designed to ensure people get the support they need to help them cope and recover, no matter what the crime or where and when it took place.
• 3,562 young people have taken part in group sessions to increase awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE);
Vulnerable Victims Victim Support £186,696
• One to one support/direct work provided to 104 victims of Child Exploitation (CE). 63 of these one to one sessions were for victims of CCE, 38 for victims of CSE and 3 for both CCE & CSE;
A dedicated service for any vulnerable victim of crime, including crime-related anti-social behaviour
• 1,549 professionals trained to increase their understanding of CE, how to spot the signs of CE and
• Dedicated Missing from Home Co-ordinator; • 5 Domestic Violence Risk assessors.
• Supported 1,076 victims of crime and crime-related anti-social behaviour; • 533 victims went on to receive longer term intensive support, including a total of 468 face to face visits;
how to report concerns.
Restorative Justice Restorative Solutions £49,438
• Support was delivered in people’s own homes, at outreach venues and at the Victim Support office;
Providing victims with the opportunity to be heard, ask questions of offenders & helping them to move on with their lives
• Trained volunteers delivered more than 2,300 hours of support to victims of crime in the past year.
• 77 referrals requesting RJ interventions;
Homicide Support Families Fighting for Justice £23,456
• 56 victims have been supported during the 2018/19 period, with two direct restorative activities taking place and five indirect activities taking place.
Providing support for bereaved families
• In addition 49 restorative conversations have taken place with victims during the period;
• Delivered ‘The Hub’ supporting those who have lost a loved one to homicide or culpable road death:
• Eight volunteers now trained to facilitate RJ conferences following a recent volunteer recruitment process.
• Provided a gateway for information and guidance all under ‘one roof’; • Supported 133 individuals, including providing a wealth of additional services for adults & children. 31
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Merseyside All of these support services are enhanced by an improved referral mechanism within Merseyside Police, which ensures victims of crime get more support from the moment they pick up the phone, and the dedicated Victim Care Merseyside website which offers advice, support and directs people to the right organisations to offer greater support. Each of the services I deliver allow victims to be referred via a formal referral ‘pathway’ through Merseyside Police, or victims can self-refer themselves to the service.
Sexual Offences Support Services RASA/RASASC £172,500 In recognition that reports of sexual violence have risen nationally, I committed an extra £25,000 each year to fund this vital aftercare service, which is supported by funding from NHS England and three of Merseyside’s five local authorities; • More than 3,500 victims of sexual assault and abuse accessed support during 2018/19; • The greatest proportion of new clients were reporting non-recent childhood sexual abuse; • Sadly the service also welcomed 424 children. These children have benefitted from the professionalism of dedicated children’s workers and have been engaged in pre-trial therapies and ongoing age appropriate support to help them recover from the effects of the hideous crimes committed against them.
Harmful Practices – Savera UK £22,000
Enhancing Domestic Abuse provision In recognition that local authorities in Merseyside have differing needs, and that each has its own strategy to support domestic abuse victims, I have committed a total of £270,000 per year, over a 3-year period to enhance and support the existing services provided to victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
Hate Crime Advocacy the Victim Needs Assessment conducted in 2017 highlighted the importance of tailored support for victims of hate crime, with care provided by ‘strand’. To ensure every victim gets the specialist support they need, I committed an extra £35,000 into hate crime support and commissioned four separate services:
Anthony Walker Foundation (Race and Religion) £40,000 • 514 individuals referred to the Anthony Walker Foundation in 2018/19; • 336 individuals provided with more intensive & ongoing support;
Citizen’s Advice Liverpool (Sexual Orientation & Gender Hate Crime) £20,000 • 118 referrals made to Citizens Advice Liverpool (106 for hate crimes related to sexual orientation and 12 for gender identity).
Daisy Inclusive UK (Disability Hate crime) £10,000
Increasing awareness & offering support to anyone at risk or subjected to forced marriage, female genital mutilation & so-called ‘honour’ based abuse
• 84 cases of disability-related hate crime were dealt with by Daisy Inclusive UK, with 47 service users receiving longer term support.
• 88 individuals supported through their experiences;
Hate crime reporting - Stop Hate UK £25,000
• 100% of victims reporting their health and wellbeing had improved thanks to the service.
• Received 227 contacts to the Stop Hate Line service from Merseyside; • Significant number of the contacts were from a small number of repeat callers;
care & support being delivered Merseyside service here.
• 92 referrals made to local agencies to investigate and provide callers with further support.
Funding Investing in our communities
More than ÂŁ3m invested To help tackle crime and disorder, and reduce the demand on our police service, I was able to invest more than ÂŁ3m in initiatives and projects to make Merseyside safer this year.
Crime & Disorder Reduction Grants During 2018/19, I once again took the decision to provide vital funds to each of the region’s five Local Authority community safety partnerships in recognition of the essential work they do in supporting Merseyside Police to keep our communities safe and in delivering my policing and crime priorities.
These partnerships, which are jointly funded by their respective Local Authorities, bring together representatives from the youth offending teams, fire and rescue, housing and health with the aim of tackling key issues, in particular ASB, domestic abuse and serious crime, to improve neighbourhoods across Merseyside. This section is designed to give a flavour of some of this important work focusing on some key themes:
Knowsley - £181,000 Domestic Abuse • This funding has supported the Independent Domestic Violence and Abuse Advocates who have received 510 referrals for support and the Medium and Low Risk Partnership Hub offer which received 933 referrals for support; • Been used to host a conference and support the ‘Escape the Control’ campaign – to raise awareness and understanding of coercive and controlling behaviour; • Established a perpetrator pathway to challenge and support repeat and serial perpetrators of domestic abuse. Anti-Social Behaviour • The partnership has developed and implemented an improved local response to anti-social behaviour which includes multi-agency planning and problem solving. This will be enhanced in 2019/20 with the establishment of a dedicated team; • Launched a street intervention team, providing a high visibility presence to improve reassurance within our communities; • 49 repeat victims of ASB received an enhanced support package developed to ensure a coordinated response. Serious and Organised Crime • Introduced a new response to disrupting exploitation of vulnerable adults. This response has seen intelligence increase, two warrants executed resulting in the recovery of drugs and an offensive weapon and seven individuals safeguarded.
Liverpool - £854,000
Liverpool’s Community Safety Partnership, Citysafe, used the funding I provided to invest in 27 different services and initiatives – focussing on priority wards and the most vulnerable victims. In 2018-19 beneficiaries were predominantly aged 16 to 34, and the wards most supported were in the City Centre, L8, Anfield and Everton. The largest awards went to the priorities of ‘Offender Management’ and ‘Domestic Abuse’. Below are some examples of how the grant was spent. • Violent Offender Management Unit - part funded the employment of a probation officer and a police officer to the unit which, as part of the larger team, worked with 227 adult high risk violent offenders; • Youth Offending Service’s prevention service, targeting offenders aged 13-18 involved in criminal activity and providing intensive support to prevent them from entering the criminal justice system. No young people who successfully, or partially, completed an intervention with the team in 2018-19 have gone on to commit further offences; • Community Mountain Bike Project – six week programme of mountain bike maintenance and skills sessions held for groups of young people from the Anfield/Everton area who were at risk of becoming involved in ASB, drugs, gangs or even serious crime. The project improves relationships between the police and the local community and helped the young people to learn new skills and improve their health and wellbeing; • Supported the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate service in supporting more than 1,500 high risk victims of domestic abuse, involving more than 2,500 children; • Improved the security at the homes of 138 high risk domestic abuse victims, 33 victims of hate crime and 362 ASB victims – ensuring families are not living in fear. 34
• Delivered a social media campaign to discourage people buying scrambler bikes as gifts for Christmas.
Sefton - £332,000
• Supported Sefton Safer Communities partnership in delivering early intervention and prevention initiatives designed to minimise the impact of ASB on communities via their Positive Futures programme. The activities ranged from addressing low-levels of ASB to working with young people engaged in serious and organised crime activity; • The programme focused on being attractive to the key age group of 8-16 and specifically targeted areas where reported ASB was high using information from Merseyside Police and Sefton Council’s Parks Officers. Via the use of a range of outdoor activities and also providing specialist support, the programme has been able to equip young people with the necessary skills to be able to engage with mainstream society and avoid association with ASB; • In partnership with Merseyside Police, additional funding was awarded through the Proceeds of Crime fund to develop a 12 month, youth diversionary, and ‘Park Nights’ project; • Strong partnerships have been established with local police teams, locality teams and delivery partners such as Liverpool FC foundation and Southport FC; • Doubled its financial commitment to supporting survivors of sexual assault.
• Worked with the family of stabbing victim Danny Fox to design and produce posters and other materials printed for distribution and provided support to develop the message not to carry knives. • Youth Justice Service - focussed on improving all aspects of Restorative Justice delivery across the partnership. There has been a significant reduction of St Helens children on the IOM cohort. • Supported the delivery of the Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy service which responded to 570 referrals providing support to victims and survivors, as well as delivering a number of training courses and target hardening.
Wirral - £345,000
• Wirral communities are feeling the benefit of collaboration between Council, Police, Fire service and many other public, private, voluntary sector, community and resident groups working as a single coordinated service through the Safer Wirral Hub to make neighbourhoods safe; • Complaints of anti-social behaviour dropped by more than 30%; • Youth offending reduced by 3.3%; • Wirral shared with Sefton the lowest crime rate in Merseyside at 79 crimes per thousand population over the year; • Wirral’s ‘Connect Us’ team called on 30,665 householders supporting 4,530 community groups;
St Helens - £175,000
The Crime & Disorder Reduction Grant enabled a range of ASB and crime reduction initiatives to be delivered in St Helens. The annual St Helens Crime & ASB Survey helped shape priorities and campaign marketing efforts. • Delivered out of hours youth engagement and targeted response by ASB outreach staff to successfully divert young people from engaging in group ASB as part of an integrated approach with police-led Operation Greenall and Operation Stay Safe. • Purchased and arranged for the police to distribute signal blockers following a spate of keyless car burglaries.
• Wirral Together ran 19 arson reduction campaigns including 1,637 interventios; • 107 off licensees volunteered to support children and street drinkers suffering alcohol problems by ending the sale of the cheap high-alcohol drinks and referring people for support; • The ‘Fit & Fed’ initiative combined sports and two healthy meals for 500 young people; • The Youth Justice Service provided 669 interventions to 351 children and 29 parents.
You can find more information about how each of these grants are used by each Local Authority here.
These grants fund a large number of projects and activities delivered by the local Community Safety Partnership. Each of which is helping to save and transform lives:
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Sarah did not believe she was a victim of domestic abuse. But after Knowsley’s Safer Communities Service’s identified Sarah and her children as high risk, due to her partner’s previous offending behaviour, she was allocated a domestic abuse advocate. Despite initially declining help, Sarah eventually began to engage and accept the support offered by the service. Following further threatening behaviour, her ex-partner was jailed for stalking and subjected to a restraining order. Sarah was able to access help to make her property more secure, participate in safety planning and was offered emotional support and advocacy in relation to health, housing and schooling for her children.
James was referred to Sefton’s Youth Service team after presenting with behavioural problems at school. He was clearly very anxious, lacking in confidence and had very low self-esteem. He struggled to mix with other young people and was very withdrawn. After being encouraged to attend a local youth club, James began to receive oneto-one support with a youth worker. Through this support and working with Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid (SWACA), James has gained new confidence and resilience and has developed new strategies to cope with his issues.
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CASE STUDY 6
Due to a disruptive childhood, David stopped attending school at 11, received no qualifications and instead became involved with a gang, while also misusing alcohol and cannabis. He was jailed for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and wounding with intent. Following his release he was identified as a high risk of harm. Working with Liverpool’s multi-agency Integrated Offender Management (IOM) team, he has been able to address his drug use, pass his driving test and gain full time employment. Due to his progress, he has now received a grant for new accommodation which will enable him to move away from the area of his previous offending, giving him a completely fresh start.
Jonathan was jailed for more than seven years for robbery and was convicted of a further offence while behind bars. He was identified as high risk by Liverpool’s Integrated Offender Management (IOM) team, but was motivated to turn his life around. He was released to secure accommodation and subjected to twice weekly drug testing. After his partner became pregnant, Jonathan also fully complied with requirements requested by Children’s Services, such as parenting classes and one-to-one work around healthy relationships. Jonathan has now been supported to move into and decorate his own flat and his risk rating has now been reduced.
CASE STUDY 7 Kate Kate was just 15 when she was referred to Sefton’s Youth Service team due to low self-esteem, anxiety and selfharming. She was given a programme of activities and encouraged to attend a local youth centre where she could receive more intensive support. After attending initially with a sibling, she now participates in self-defence classes at the centre and has stopped self-harming.
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Everton in the Community - £26,000 My funding has enabled Everton in the Community to deliver the Kicks project, which engaged 2,890 young people aged 8-19 and reduced youth crime and ASB in areas of delivery by 75-80% during session times. The PL Kicks project had a great impact on the lives of those young people who regularly engaged at sessions, while also supporting young people to achieve 135 qualifications. A further 25 workshops were delivered to educate more than 300 young people on topics such as Drugs and Alcohol, Physical Health, Internet Safety, Racism and Discrimination. The project has also been proactive in delivering Knife Crime Awareness events. This has involved staging week long interventions in secondary schools that have seen over 550 young people take part in knife crime and football competitions. These culminated in a finals event at USM Finch Farm. As a result of the workshops, 97% of young people who participated said they understood the consequences of carrying a knife and 96% confirmed they would be less likely to carry a knife.
Positive Futures – North Liverpool £58,000 My support has enabled the development of 12 young leaders, who have completed a total of 500 hours of community service / social action projects including fundraising, intergenerational activity, mentoring young
children, and a large ‘DiverCity’ project whose aim was to reduce hate crime through peer-to-peer education and support. Targeted Support Service has also radically grown in the last year. They now have two dedicated mental health professionals to support young people within a youth work environment. This allows any stigma to be minimised, the service is flexible and not intimidating, as well as providing positive social activities on the doorstep. My support has also allowed Positive Futures to open the door to their new Youth Space “Unit 3” longer hours over the weekends as a safe place for young people to meet.
Merseyside Police - Drug Interventions Programme £746,000 I provide funding to Merseyside Police to conduct drug testing in custody suites. The decision to conduct a drug test continues to be made using an intelligence-led approach. The drug interventions programme plays a key role in tackling drugs and reducing crime. Identifying drug misuse ensures a comprehensive assessment of treatment and support needs. The resulting effective and consistent case management helps break the cycle of drugs and offending. During 2018/19, 4,094 drug tests were conducted with 2,565 (62%) proving positive.
Additional grants Community and grassroots organisations know the issues that are having the biggest impact on their neighbourhoods. During 2018/19, I continued to tap into this wealth of knowledge and understanding by offering a number of small grants to organisations that could be invested in local issues and have the biggest impact. I believe this funding is more important than ever in the face of continuing cuts to public services.
Crime Prevention Fund In May 2018 I opened up my Crime Prevention Fund for the fourth consecutive year. The fund proved to be as popular as ever and received 75 applications with requests totalling £1.2m. Applications were shared with Community Safety partners from local authorities to avoid duplication. In September 2018, grants totalling £135,000 were awarded to 14 organisations. I estimate that at the end of the 12 month period approximately 25,000 Merseyside residents will have benefitted from this year’s fund. Please find a few examples below.
Kirkdale Neighbourhood Co. Ltd £12,000 (Liverpool)
Sefton Older Persons’ Forums Sefton Advocacy - £5,000 (Sefton)
This pilot is focusing on an early intervention programme that provides intensive support to young people at risk of becoming involved in criminal activities. A multifaceted approach has been taken with the ambition of lowering knife crime and diverting young people away from peer pressure and street culture. Bespoke interventions are also being used to challenge young people and divert them away from crime.
Sefton Older Persons’ Forum works in partnership with a number of organisations, funding is being spent on delivering a crime prevention information service. A film on safe cycling, made in partnership with Sefton Young Advisors and Sefton Road Safety Partnership, is also being distributed.
Stockbridge Village Tenants Forum £6,000 (Knowsley) Funding is being provided to reduce anti-social behaviour and help residents feel safe. Working with Village Housing Association and Freestyle Urban Soccer, the Tenants Forum provides opportunities to take up physical exercise, work as a team and diverts young people away from anti-social behaviour.
Under Construction Crew (UC Crew) £5,000 (St Helens) The grant is enabling UCC to provide diversionary activities and steer young people away from anti-social behaviour. The project targets young people aged 10-17 years of age living in the Haydock, Earlestown, Newtonle-Willows and Wargrave areas of St Helens. UCC work closely with local organisations including police and community support officers, local schools, detached youth workers and volunteers.
Gautby Road Play and Community Centre £10,000 (Wirral) ‘The Pathfinder’ project’ will be delivered to young people aged 13-15 years of age who have offended or are at risk of offending. The purpose of the project is to prevent and deter young people exposed to or at risk of further offending or becoming involved in serious and organised crime.
Community Safe - Bronze & Silver Domestic Violence Target Hardening £8,000 (Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley) Community Safe provide services that include security upgrades to the homes of bronze and silver domestic violence victims, who are not classed as high risk, but may be high risk at a future date. The project being funded is protecting vulnerable individuals and families through upgrading the physical security measures of their homes, with the aim of stopping perpetrators gaining access to the homes of vulnerable victims and attacking them.
M.A.L.S. (Mentor, Achieve, Learn & Support) Merseyside £12,000 (pan Merseyside) M.A.L.S. has been funded to provide a pan-Merseyside service to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. Cells identifies those children who are already involved in criminal activity and refer these clients directly to MALS to start intensive 1-1 behaviour change programmes through experienced mentors who have worked with young offenders through previous successful projects delivered by MALS.
People First Merseyside £10,000 (pan Merseyside) The “Just Say Know” project is being funded to prevent victimisation and exploitation of people with a learning disability. Participants learn about different situations that may lead to exploitation such as bogus officials, cold callers, scammers, mate crime (including cuckooing), and street sellers.
Appropriate Adults - £120,000
Police Property Act Fund;-
I have continued to fund an Appropriate Adult service which ensures vulnerable adults in custody get the additional support, advice and assistance they need during interviews and other procedures. This helps to ensure people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and autism, understand what is happening, can use their rights and can communicate effectively.
This small but valuable pot of £45,000 provides grants of up to £5,000 to help organisations fund youth diversion activities at a time of high anti-social behaviour, the autumn half term. For this year’s fund 72 bids were received, with requests totalling £228,902.
This service, which has been delivered by The Appropriate Adult Service (TAAS) since 2016, enables the police to meet its legal responsibility of caring for vulnerable detainees, and ensures that those people in custody receive the support, guidance and assistance they need during interviews and other procedures. During 2018/19, the demand for Appropriate Adult Services increased by 41%, with more than 1,000 callouts to police custody suites and other locations across Merseyside. TAAS have responded well to the extra demand, maintaining an average callout response time of less than 40 minutes, making sure vulnerable people are not left for long periods in custody without support. Feedback regarding the service from vulnerable adults and custody staff is overwhelmingly positive. Because there is no clear legal guidance regarding the delivery of this service for adults, I have urged government to change the law to make this important provision the statutory responsibility of a specified organisation, and will continue to do so during 2019.
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Sharing the applications with our partners from the CSP’s, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service for their comments I was able to avoid any duplication of grant giving and ensured the best use of the money. A total of 24 projects across Merseyside were successful, helping a total of 7,500 young people stay safe and away from criminal activity during Mischief Night, Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Finance & resources Revenue Budget I approve an annual revenue budget to finance spending on the day-to-day running expenses of my office and the Force. In 2018/19 the Net Budget Requirement was £313.252m, of which £307.397m (98.1%) was delegated to the Chief Constable to deliver policing across Merseyside. The remaining budget of £5.855m (1.9%) was under my direct control. In broad terms the following tables show where the money came from and how it was spent.
Where did our money come from? Most of the funding for the Police Service is through Government grants with a significant amount also coming from money raised through the Council Tax payments, i.e. Precept. £m
General Police Grant and Legacy Council Tax Grants
Council Tax (i.e. Precept)
Collection Fund Surplus
Planned Contribution from Reserves
Where did our money come from?
What did we spend the money on? The vast majority of money is spent on police officers, support staff, including police and community support officers, and police pensions. Other money is spent in various ways including buildings, vehicles, forensics, uniforms and ICT. £m
Police Officers Pay
Support Staff Pay
Police Support Staff Pensions
Total Net Operating Expenditure 312.019 Contributions to Reserves Total
What did we spend the money on?
At year-end total net operating expenditure stood at £312.019m. This represents an overall underspend on the revenue budget of £1.233m, i.e. 0.4%, compared to the budget.
I have a budget for my office, as well as a number of funds under my control. An analysis of the expenditure is provided below.
The underspend on the budget is mainly due to savings achieved across service departments within the Force, through the holding of vacancies to provide greater flexibility to enable the Force to re-engineer its service, as well as a more efficient use of resources and the continued scrutiny of spending. However, delays in the disposal of a number of properties resulted in an increase in capital financing costs, along with the payment of employee costs associated with the ongoing change programme reduced the overall underspend. The majority of the underspend has been transferred to the Invest to Save Reserve to provide funding for initiatives that will generate future savings. In addition, contributions have been made to the Chief Constables Priority Fund and my Crime Prevention Strategy Reserve to fund initiatives that will help reduce crime and disorder.
£m Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Community Safety Funding
Police and Crime Commissioner’s Priority Fund
Victim Support and Restorative Justice Services
Capital Expenditure Capital expenditure is expenditure on the acquisition of a fixed asset, or expenditure that adds to the value, or extends the useful life of an existing asset, such as improvements to police stations and properties, together with the purchase of vehicles and Information Communication Technology systems. Capital expenditure is normally funded by loans, grants, external contribution or capital receipts. The tables below shows the capital expenditure incurred in 2018/19 and how it was funded.
What was spent on the Capital Programme? ÂŁm
IT and Technical Strategy
Vehicle Replacement Programme
Total Capital Expenditure
What was spent on the Capital Programme?
How the Capital Programme was financed? Financed by:-
How the Capital Programme was financed?
Looking forward my final year Producing this report always provides me with a valuable opportunity to reflect and revaluate. It reminds me of all the good work being done in my office and across the Force, although unfortunately there is never enough room to cover everything that has been done in the last 12 months. Never is this truer than this year, in what will be my last in office. I have been immensely privileged and honoured to serve as your first Police and Crime Commissioner. As you may have seen already and after carefully considering it with my family, I have come to the decision that I will not stand for re-election next May. By that point, I will have served more than seven years as PCC, and I will be ready to step back from public life and hand over the responsibilities of this hugely important job to the next commissioner. During my time in post, I have made improving efficiency and driving vital funds to frontline policing a hallmark of my time as Commissioner. I’m pleased to say that – if nothing else – compared to my predecessors, I have reduced the cost of the scrutiny of the police on Merseyside by 43%. This has saved more than £1m each and every year. Money which has gone straight to Merseyside Police. I have also saved vital funds through my 10-year estates plan, which while reducing the Force’s annual running costs is also making Merseyside Police fit to fight crime now and in the future. The next Commissioner is inheriting a fine Force, one they will be lucky to oversee and I hope I have played my part in helping to ensure they are in a strong financial positon going forward. I still have another year in office and there is much more I wish to achieve. I will be working right up to the point that I handover to the next Commissioner. My campaign for fair funding for Merseyside Police will continue right up to that point and I am very excited and determined to use my remaining time to help establish a Multi-Agency Violence Reduction Partnership which will introduce a new public-health approach to viewing and tackling serious crime.
Policing, and politics, never stand still. Crime is constantly evolving and so are the police’s methods for responding, but I hope by bringing specialists in police, health, local government and education together to create this multi-agency partnership, I will be helping to equip the region for the challenges that lie ahead.
There are now some glimmers of hope. Your support for our funding proposals means there will be extra officers on the streets of Merseyside this year for the first time in nine years. And, as I get set to release this report for publication, the Home Office has announced the release of £100m of new funding to tackle serious violence. The Force and I will be lobbying hard that a good chunk of this money should be directed towards Merseyside. I hope that this is a sign that times are changing and the government is finally listening. We desperately need new money invested into this, our most vital of public services. I sincerely hope that this announcement is the first step in a landslide change of attitude from this government towards our police service, moving away from undermining and cutting away our police service, to one of support, encouragement and gratitude. That has been my approach since day one as Merseyside’s Police Commissioner and it will continue to be until my final day in May 2020.
Right Honourable Jane Kennedy Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner
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