Commissioner joins forces with councils in the fight against crime
Merseyside Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, is calling together local councils for the first meeting of Merseyside’s Community Safety Partnership today (Tuesday, December 18).
Commissioner Kennedy will be asking community safety leaders from Merseyside’s five councils about how best they can join forces to fight crime during a time of Government cuts and changes to the way funding is allocated.
Currently the £2m Community Safety Fund is allocated by the councils within their own boundaries, but from 2013/14 the fund will be paid directly to the Police Commissioner who then has the responsibility to commission crime reduction services.
The partnership will also be given a presentation about Merseyside Police’s gun crime strategy and will be asked to consider crime reduction priorities for next year.
Merseyside Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, said: “The most important thing about the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership is the opportunity it provides to work together to get our priorities right, and to make sure I commission the best and most successful crime reduction programmes, some of which can reduce reoffending, even with the most prolific offenders.
“Our first meeting focuses on gun crime, which remains a priority. In the last 12 months in Merseyside, those involved in gun crime have been sent to prison for a total of 700 years, so while it’s an issue, we’re also good at catching these criminals. I want to find a way of working with partners to keep it that way.”
Photograph from left to right: Cllr Peter Brennan – Liverpool Cllr Paul Cummins – Sefton Cllr George Davies – Wirral Jane Kennedy – Police Commissioner for Merseyside Cllr Richard McCauley – St Helens Cllr Jackie Harris – Knowsley
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