Research shows Merseyside Police Commissioner as one of “least busy” in the country

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Research shows Merseyside Police Commissioner as one of “least busy” in the country

Birkdale Councillor Iain Brodie Browne, Leader of the 20-strong Lib Dem Group on Sefton Council, has voiced his concerns at the findings of a national review of work done by Police Commissioners since their election in November 2013.

His Birkdale Blog highlights analysis published within the last week by Policing expert Bernard Rix.  For each of the 41 Police Commissioners, Mr Rix has examined how many decisions they have each taken, as published on their official websites.

“In more than 5 months in office, the Merseyside Police Commissioner, Labour’s Jane Kennedy, has made just 6 published decisions,” said Cllr Brodie Browne (pictured with Southport MP John Pugh).

“I think local people are entitled to ask: what does our Police Commissioner do exactly?”

“This places her near the very bottom of the national table, with the busiest seven Commissioners recording between 36 and 85 decisions.  Jane Kennedy isn’t quite at the bottom of the list – that dubious privilege goes to Angus Macpherson in Wiltshire, with just 4 decisions, but she isn’t far off it.”

Southport MP John Pugh added that he was aware of concerns at the way that Jane Kennedy was carrying out decision-making.

“In order to maintain public confidence in policing it is clearly vital that police commissioners across the country conduct their business in a thoroughly transparent manner,” said Dr Pugh.

Full details of Mr Rix’s investigations may be found at

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he was elected on a 12.5% turnout, so of every 8 people eligible to vote, 7 did not vote.

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