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Emily Spurrell is responsible for holding the Chief Constable, Serena Kennedy, to account for delivering on her policing and community safety priorities and maintaining an efficient and effective police service in Merseyside.
One of the key ways the Police Commissioner undertakes this crucial role is through quarterly public Scrutiny Meetings, which include questions submitted by the public which she then puts to the Chief Constable and her Chief Officer team.
While the focus for the next Scrutiny Meeting will be Merseyside Police’s ‘people’ or workforce, for the first time the Commissioner is inviting questions on any topic with the aim of further increasing the openness and transparency around policing in our region.
The meeting will be live streamed at 1.30pm on Monday 19th September to enable everyone to watch and hear the responses to their questions. A full recording of the meeting will also be published on the Commissioner’s website following the session.
Residents can submit their questions at HERE.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “One of my top priorities as Commissioner is to listen to what our residents have to say and to be their voice on policing and community safety issues.
“Your questions and opinions matter to me and can help to make Merseyside a safer place for everyone.
“For previous Scrutiny Meetings, I’ve asked people to submit questions on the specific topics we’ve been covering in that session. For this meeting I want to expand it out and give people the chance to ask any question about the policing of our region and how Merseyside Police are working to deliver the priorities set out in my Police and Crime Plan to make our communities safer.
“It’s vitally important the public trust the police and can see that money and resources are being used wisely to deliver the best possible service to keep our communities safe. I hope by providing this opportunity it will help to reassure people that both myself and the Chief Constable are committed to being as open and transparent about the police’s work as possible.
“Don’t miss your chance to put your question to the Chief Constable and her team!”
Public questions will be asked during a specific section of the meeting. The rest of the three-hour session will cover issues such as recruitment, welfare and sickness levels, the diversity of Merseyside Police, and how officers are allocated across the region. This will include looking at how the new officers recruited as part of the national uplift programme are being deployed.
The meeting will provide Chief Officers with the opportunity to give the Commissioner a detailed account of the force’s progress on how they are addressing these issues and make our communities safer.
Please submit your questions by midnight on Sunday 21st August 2022:
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner,
Mather Avenue Training Centre,
A selection of questions which are received by this deadline will be asked by the Police Commissioner and addressed by Chief Officers. Questions should not focus on individual cases as these cannot be addressed in a public domain.
The meeting will be live-streamed at 1.30pm on 19th September 2022 here.
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