The police cannot cut crime on their own. Effective partnership working is essential. The PCC works with other local leaders to improve outcomes for communities and make sure that local resources are used efficiently and effectively.

One of these key groups for this is the Safer Merseyside Partnership (SMP).

 The SMP focuses on the oversight of the delivery of national strategies across Merseyside, whilst simultaneously maintaining a commitment to community safety.

The Partnership provides elected members with an overview of both the Protecting Vulnerable People forum in the Liverpool City Region structure and the Merseyside Criminal Justice Board.


Working together to support the progress of SMP priorities:

  • Preventing crime and anti-social behaviour;
  • Tackling serious and organised crime;
  • Supporting victims, protecting vulnerable people and maintaining public safety.

These priorities are taken from the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan 2017-21. The priorities have been consulted upon with the public and all members of the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership.

In addition to the above, the following objectives have been agreed:

  • To determine if national strategies are achievable/appropriate;
  • Provide strategic leadership of national strategies including the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy (NOCS);
  • To review and have oversight of strategic plans for Merseyside and address national strategies as developed by organisations (e.g. NOCS);
  • To challenge performance against the strategy outcomes (e.g.NOCS) ;
  • Provide political direction and oversight under the Crime and Disorder Act at county level;
  • Act as an oversight body for the Strategic Protecting Vulnerable Peoples Forum;
  • To act as a critical friend and to unblock issues at a strategic level;
  • For each Local Authority to be accountable for delivery in their area;
  • Provide strategic leadership of the wider community safety issues;
  • To support the coordination and pooling of resources;
  • To enable regional sharing of learning;
  • Raise the national profile of Merseyside/LCR.


Membership of the Partnership consists of:

  1. Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner (Chair). Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (Deputy Chair).
  2. Lead Councillors for Community Safety and/or relevant specialist areas from Merseyside’s local authorities (Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral)
  3. Fire Authority Representative
  4. Where agencies have no political lead (e.g. Probation) they sit on the group as a special advisor (e.g. Probation Service, CRC etc.) and will initially include:
  5. National Probation Service
  6. Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company
  7. Housing (Mayoral Lead)
  8. Chamber of Commerce
  9. Department of Work and Pensions
  10. A Youth Offending representative who will have responsibility for representing and feeding back to all Merseyside Youth Offending Teams.
  11. Chair of the City Region Protecting Vulnerable People Forum (LCR PVPF)

Meeting minutes

2020 21st January 2020

14th June 2019

6th September 2019

At the last Safer Merseyside Partnership meeting held on the 4th September 2020, the chair proposed that due to the coronavirus pandemic and a discussion around the role of the Liverpool City Region Protecting Vulnerable People Strategic Forum, meetings of the Safer Merseyside Partnership should be temporarily suspended and that the meeting structure be held in abeyance until the PCC elections in May 2021.

The chair noted that the pandemic was causing significant pressures on all agencies involved in community safety. All attendees supported the proposal and agreed that an interim extraordinary meeting could be arranged if required.