Category: News

Call for improved protection for vulnerable adults in custody

As the national PCC lead for Custody, I have called for the provision of an appropriate adult service to be a statutory service to ensure no vulnerable adult such as those with a learning disability, is left without support in custody. Find out more about why this matters.

A Real Living Wage

I was really proud this month to be officially recognised by the Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage employer. It’s more important than ever that staff get paid a fair wage for the work they do. It was a commitment I made to deliver in my first year of office and so I’m pleased to…
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Hillsborough Law Now

Following on from the calls made by Steve Rotheram, Andy Burnham, Maria Eagle and many others, I was pleased to join with my fellow Labour PCCs to call for a Hillsborough Law Now. The Hillsborough families fought for decades to try and get answers about what happened that awful day. No-one should have to fight as hard…
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Government policing settlement

Just before Christmas the Government announced the policing settlement and, not unsurprisingly, it was severely lacking . They continue to push the burden onto local tax payers who are already struggling under the cost of living crisis, created by this Government, and I will continue to raise my concerns with the Policing Minister and call for a…
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£4m of extra investment into Merseyside

During my election I committed to fighting to get as much funding and investment into Merseyside as I could. Since I took office, I have successfully brought £4m of additional grants  to fund essential victim support and crime prevention initiative. This funding is providing a vital lifeline to services that have seen huge increases in demand. However, these services cannot…
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‘You’re Safe Here’ scheme rolls out in Liverpool

In response to the awful homophobic attacks we saw over the Summer, I partnered with LCR Pride and Liverpool Nightlife CIC to launch the You’re Safe Here scheme. 53 venues have now completed the training  and signs like the one pictured will be appearing across Liverpool to provide a safe place for people to go if they are…
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Four Clubs One Goal campaign launch

Football is at the heart  of so many communities in Merseyside ,  so I was delighted to support the launch of the Four Clubs, One Goal campaign launched by independent charity Crimestoppers working with Liverpool F.C, Everton F.C, Tranmere Rovers and Marine F.C to promote anonymous reporting and tackle knife crime and violence on our streets. Read more about the campaign here.

Scrutinising Police Response to Victims and Communities

During my election I committed to ensure police scrutiny and transparency was central to the work I do.  Since taking office, I have updated my quarterly scrutiny meetings so that they are now live streamed and include questions submitted directly from the public.   This month there was focus on the Police response to supporting victims and communities including a particular emphasis on  what is being done…
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Police & Crime Plan

In October I launched my Police and Crime Plan, which sets out our priorities for the next four years for how we build a safer Merseyside The Chief Constable reports back to me on progress made against these priorities, which include proactive policing, supporting victims and a focus on preventing offending. It’s my job to hold the police to account and make sure they deliver on the…
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A Challenging Month

November has been an extremely challenging month for Merseyside –  first with the horrific terrorist incident outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital and then the tragic deaths of two women in Liverpool on one day – Malak Adabzadeh, 47, and 12-year-old Ava White. These incidents have shocked and devastated us all, and my heart goes out to everyone affected. There is clearly…
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