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Force to accelerate recruitment drive for 500 new Officers

MERSEYSIDE Police will accelerate their recruitment drive to bring 500 new Officers into training over the 2021, more than double the Government's target. This means the Force will have nearly 4,000 Officers by March 2021, with the aim of putting new Officers in every area of the Region once they have completed their training, including a new team of Schools Officers.

The plans were confirmed as the Force budget was set at a public meeting held by the Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy and attended by the Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM at her offices in Mather Avenue Police Training Centre in Liverpool. Funding for the recruitment drive has come from Central Government, who have allocated an additional ₤23m in direct grant, supported by extra money provided from Local people through their Council Tax which has enabled the Commissioner to meet inflationary pressures. The additional funding puts Merseyside Police in the best possible position to recruit 200 new Officers, as expected by Central Government, while also accelerating the Force's recruitment drive so they can recruit a further 300 new Officers over the next 12 months.

The budget announcement follows last week's meeting of the Police and Crime Panel, the body which scrutinises the Commissioner's work, at which they endorsed plans to increase the Local Council Tax after hearing from Jane and the Chief about their commitment to bring extra Officers on to the streets of Merseyside. This approved Police precept increase equates to ₤10 a year on a Band D property and brings Merseyside Police's annual resources for 2020/21 to ₤359million.

Jane said:- "This is marvellous news for Merseyside. Through the generosity of Local people and the support of the Police and Crime Panel, the Chief Constable and I can now increase the number of Officers patrolling the streets of Merseyside. An extra 500 Officers will make a huge difference. We know people want to see more bobbies on the beat and this will enable the Chief Constable to put extra Officers into every area of Merseyside. It will also enable him to re-start much of the vital crime prevention initiatives that were gradually eroded by years of cuts, including putting Officers back into our Schools to work with young people and deter them from getting involved in crime. When I launched the budget consultation we were still working through the detail for the budget therefore I used the Government's target figure of 200 new Officers, rather than the aspiration we had for achieving 500 extra Officers. I am delighted that I can reward Local people's support and generosity by now confirming we will be able to get those extra Officers into training in the next 12 months. I want to pass on my heartfelt thanks to Local people who showed their overwhelming support for maximising the precept for their Police Service and to Panel members too who also endorsed my proposals. While there are still challenges ahead, with savings still earmarked for the next four years, this is a very big step forward in the recovery of Merseyside Police and I hope more will follow in the years to come."

In January, the Government confirmed they would allocate Merseyside an extra ₤23m in direct grant to cover the costs of recruiting 200 new Officers this year, including:- providing items such as uniforms, vehicles, and additional office space and infrastructure. The Government also gave Police and Crime Commissioners the power to raise the Local Council Tax precept to cover increases in the Force's day to day running costs, in particular last year's pay rise.

During a 10 day consultation with Local people last month, 83% of respondents indicated their willingness to pay the additional money to protect their Local Police Service. The public's support enabled the Commissioner to take the proposal to the Police and Crime Panel in order to generate an extra ₤4.7m for Merseyside Police. The increase would see anyone in a Band A category household, the lowest category, but the 1 paid by the majority of households across Merseyside, paying an extra 13p a week or ₤6.67 a year. For a Band D property, it equates 19p a week or ₤10 a year.

Liverpool is most security conscious place to live

LIVERPOOL is the is 1 of the largest Metropolitan areas in the UK and the 4th most deprived Local Authority  in the Country, behind Blackpool, Manchester and nearby Knowsley, but despite what many think, Liverpool still 1 of the safest Metropolitan areas within the UK!  Not surprisingly, according to Ebuyer, Liverpool is also the most safety conscious City, within the UK, when it comes to CCTV and home security. The 'L' postcode has the most sales to protect residential homes per head of population over a 12 month period.

Cardiff is Britain's least security conscious Town or City. The CF postcode ranked lowest for purchasing home and CCTV systems of all Towns and Cities in the survey. (Cardiff ranks 21ST out of 104 for burglary by:- Is this disparity between problem and solution because residents don't recognise the merit of home security technology? Have residents simply given in and accept that property crime is inevitable?

Birmingham came in 2nd with Southampton 3rd. Southampton ranks at 35 out of 104 postcode areas in the UK for most burglaries.

Derby , who came 4th in the list, currently ranks 47th out of the 104 postcode areas for burglaries, with 4.2K burglaries committed in the 12 months up to December 2019.

1 of the most interesting finds was that Birmingham was the 2nd least safety conscious place for home security, despite ranking number 1 in the crime league outside of London. It ranks 19th for highest number of burglaries out of 104 postcode areas.

Manchester was also a highly safety conscious place to live, coming in 2nd in the research. Manchester has approximately 30,000 burglaries each year in the 'M' postcode area from a population of 2.8 million. 1 frustrated Manchester respondent said:- "As the Police virtually never arrest anyone for burglary around here, we have to do everything we can ourselves. Crime pays in Manchester."

Ebuyer's Andy Roberts, Director of E-Commerce says that people are now generally more aware of home security options. "New tech is constantly being launched in the security sector which has been designed for easy installation and operation. In the past, this sort of tech had the reputation of being difficult to install so you need a specialist. That's not the case now. It was also much more expensive than it is now."

So, what are your thoughts on this topic?  Do you feel safe within the Liverpool Post Code areas?  If that's a "No," where do you feel lease safe and why?  Please email us your thoughts and views to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

Ebuyer studied 17 major towns and cities (excluding London) Results:-

Ranking City   Ranking City
1 - Top Liverpool   10 Leicester
2 Manchester   11 Leeds
3 Ipswich   12 Sunderland
4 Newcastle   13 Edinburgh
5 Glasgow   14 Derby
6 Nottingham   15 Southampton
7 York   16 Birmingham
8 Huddersfield   17 - Bottom Cardiff
9 Reading  

* This research was conducted Crime league table rankings provided by:-, and Scotland also not included. 30,000+ Home security sales were included in the figures, along with a social media survey.

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