Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, Jane Kennedy, is currently consulting in advance of publication of a new Police and Crime Plan.
The Commissioner is required to maintain a Police and Crime Plan which shapes and informs the way policing and community safety is delivered across Merseyside. It sets out the priorities for Merseyside Police, and the way in which the Force will use its resources to deliver excellent policing for the communities of Merseyside. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 sets out that local authorities and other criminal justice partners must have regard to the priorities in the plan, so the public’s views are sought.
The priorities in the current plan are that Merseyside Police should:
- Prevent crime and anti-social behaviour
- Provide a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style
- Tackle serious and organised crime
- Support victims, protect vulnerable people and maintain public safety
However, since 2010, Merseyside has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads. In 2015, more than 11 people died or were seriously hurt every week on Merseyside’s roads. The region also saw more pedestrians killed or seriously hurt than anywhere else in the country.
In comparison to Greater Manchester, Merseyside’s road safety is particularly poor. Pedestrians are almost twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured at a rate of accidental death or injury of 43.45 per 100,000 of population compared to 28.7 in Manchester. Cyclists are also almost twice as vulnerable, at a rate of 21.02 out of 100,000 compared to 10.58. Equally, those over 60 years old face a similar risk, at a rate of 118 per 100,000 compared to nearly 60 in GMP.
The Commissioner is therefore considering adding ‘working in partnership to improve road safety’ as an additional priority.
You can take part in an online consultation here until Monday 16 January 2017. Alternatively, you can write to Rt Hon Jane Kennedy, Police & Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, Allerton Police Station, Rose Lane, Liverpool, L18 6JE.Back to blog