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Issue:- 28 November 2014

Roadshows are underway to remind people:- "If it's on show, it'll go!"

ROADSHOWS are now underway offering people help and advice to help prevent themselves having valuables stolen from their cars in the run up to Christmas. The roadshows feature 'The Crime Prevention Car', which is full of tips and crime prevention advice around thefts from vehicles. People will also be able to register their valuables with:- Immobilise and mark them with ultraviolet pens with us at these road shows. Officers will be on hand to chat to people and help them and the roadshows will take place at the following places during December 2014:-


5 December 2014 (Asda, Grange Rd Birkenhead) 9am to 15.30pm.

12 December 2014 (Asda Bromborough) 9am to 15.30pm.


1 December 2014 (Asda, Aintree) 9am to 5pm.

15 December 2014 (Tesco, Hawthorne Road Bootle) 9am to 5pm.


1 December 2014 (Tesco Cables Retail Park, Prescot) 9am – 5pm.

5 December 2014 (Kirkby Market) 9am to 5pm.


3 December 2014 (Tesco Metro & Library, Clock Face, St Helens) 10am to 5pm.

9 December 2014 Tesco Clipsley Lane, Haydock 10pm to 5pm.


3 December 2014 (Asda, Utting Avenue, Norris Green) 9am to 5pm.

15 December 2014 (Sainsburys, Rice Lane, Walton) from 9am to 5pm.


8 December 2014 (New Mersey Retail Park, Speke) from 11am to 7pm.

PEEL has been published!

HER Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has published its first PEEL (Police Effectiveness Efficiency Legitimacy) assessments for all forces across the country, following a number of HMIC inspections over the last year (2013 to 2014).  In his report for Merseyside Police Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, Mike Cunnigham, concluded the following:- "In terms of its effectiveness in general, the force is good at reducing crime and preventing offending, good at investigating offending and good at tackling anti-social behaviour the efficiency with which the force carries out its responsibilities is good; and the force is acting to achieve fairness and legitimacy in most of the practices that were examined this year."  Following publication of the Peel Assessment Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy/Deputy Chief Constable Andy Cooke, said:- "The force is wholly committed to providing our communities with a police service they can have confidence in. Despite a requirement to make significant cuts we are determined to provide an effective and efficient Police force and are working hard to manage the demands that we face on a daily basis. The Peel assessment recognises that the force has 'clear priorities to prevent and reduce crime' and 'has good arrangements in place for understanding the vulnerabilities of victims of anti-social behaviour and monitoring performance'. The ability of the force to disrupt organised crime groups using a range of tactics is a clear strength, and it also deals particularly well with serious sexual offending. It also takes cognisance of the fact that we have a 'comprehensive and well managed change programme' in place to achieve the required savings we have to make, and that to date we have done everything we can to minimise the impact of those cuts on the frontline service we provide to our victims and communities. Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham does express concerns in relation to the force's approach to crime recording which he says:- 'is not as accurate as it should be'. We accept that an initial audit of the force's crime recording was not acceptable, but on publication of the HMIC Crime Data Integrity report last week Tom Winsor himself recognised the significant improvements made by Merseyside Police in crime recording following the initial audit. The HMIC last week said:- 'It is clear that when Police leaders realise the nature and magnitude of the crime recording shortcomings in their forces, rapid improvements can be made. This has been done in Kent and Merseyside, and it can and should be done in all forces whose crime recording is in need of improvement.' I am determined to provide Merseyside with a professional Police Service that cares, listens and delivers. And a survey of victim satisfaction referred to in the assessment leads me to believe that we are providing our communities with just that. The Victim Satisfaction Survey for the 12 months to June 2014, shows that 85.3% of victims were satisfied with their experience of Merseyside Police, which is above the victim satisfaction figure across England and Wales of 85%."

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