On November 15th, 2012, the public of Merseyside were invited to vote for a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the first time. The winning candidate was Jane Kennedy and she took up office on November 22nd, 2012.
On May 6th, 2016, Jane was re-elected to serve a second term as Merseyside's PCC after securing 61.7% of the public vote.
Police and Crime Commissioners were brought in by the Government to replace Police Authorities.
Jane's aim is to ensure the policing needs of the community are met effectively and to oversee how the police and other organisations are tackling crime in Merseyside. She is accountable for how crime and community safety issues are addressed throughout the region.
It is her job to hold the Chief Constable to account and to ensure the Force is properly funded so that he can deliver an efficient and effective service. The role includes the power to set the policing budget of over £330 million. Not only that, but she also has a statutory responsibility to monitor the whole criminal justice system in the region.
As Commissioner, Jane will hold the police to account on behalf of the public and by listening to you, she will ensure they deliver the kind of policing you want to see.
Jane will fulfil her role as Police and Crime Commissioner by:
- providing a strong and powerful voice for all of Merseyside's communities, representing your views on how crime is prevented and tackled;
- setting a Police and Crime Plan and a budget that focuses on working in partnership to cut crime, as well as maintaining an efficient and effective police force;
- commissioning services that increase community safety, support victims of crimes and reduce re-offending from outside the police force;
- working with the Chief Constable, Andy Cooke, and partners such as probation, health, education and voluntary organisations to fulfil their commitments to not only fight crime and anti-social behaviour, but to prevent crime in order to make the streets of Merseyside even safer.
Jane will achieve this by:
- engaging with people across Merseyside and victims of crime to set her Police and Crime plan;
- ensuring the police force budget is spent in the areas where it matters most;
- taking responsibility for appointing and where necessary dismissing, the Chief Constable.
Jane is paid a salary of £86,700 per year. This figure is set by the Home Secretary.
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Code of Conduct
The Commissioner has signed a personal code of conduct which sets out the seven principles she should abide by while in office: