Commisioner welcomes report on police service

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Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, has welcomed a report praising the force as “consistently good”.

The inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary is designed to give the public information about how their local police force is performing in several important areas.

Ms Kennedy said: “This was one of the most comprehensive and varied inspections ever carried out by HMIC.

“I am pleased that Merseyside Police have, once again, been assessed as consistently good at delivering what is essentially its core business – preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, keeping people safe, protecting the vulnerable and supporting victims.

"Merseyside Police can also be proud that inspectors declared their attack on serious and organised criminals as ‘outstanding’.

“Inspectors recognised that despite the significant threats posed by criminal gangs, the Force is effective at identifying those involved quickly and disrupting their behaviour, often in imaginative new ways.

“HMIC also commends the excellent relationships Merseyside Police has forged with its community safety partners and especially the sharing of intelligence.

“In particular, I am delighted to see the praise from partners when describing Operation Encompass – the Force’s initiative to increase communication with schools when a child has been present during an incident of violence in the home.

This is all part of Merseyside Police’s commitment to providing a high level of support to the most vulnerable victims, especially children.

“I echo lead inspector Zoe Billingham’s comments about the importance of neighbourhood policing.

“I have been vocal over the last year in highlighting the damaging impact six years of continuous government cuts to the police budget has had on the numbers of our frontline neighbourhood police officers.

“The Chief Constable and I remain committed to providing a visible and accessible neighbourhood style and this is reflected within the report which highlights the strong links the teams have with their communities.

“Officers and PCSOs should be delighted and encouraged by the reviews from both the inspectors and partners.

“As always, there is more we can do. HMIC have identified some areas for improvement, some of which have and are already being worked on. I will be reviewing these with the Chief Constable and I know the Force will continue to strive to provide the best possible service to all the communities of Merseyside.”