The Merseyside Community Safety Partnership operated between 2012 and June 2019.

It aimed to develop and enhance multi-agency approaches to reducing crime and disorder across the Merseyside Police Force area and provided the Police and Crime Commissioner with the opportunity to work with partners to provide efficient and effective community safety across the region.

In June 2019 following consultation, this Partnership took a new structure and terms of reference and became the Safer Merseyside Partnership.

Please find below some of the achievements of the Community Safety Partnership below:


Notable achievements from 2018/19

Throughout 18/19, the Partnership’s meetings continued to be aligned to Commissioner's policing priorities and served to identify opportunities for an evidence based, pan-Merseyside approach, including co-commissioning, the sharing of best practice and collaboration in support of the Partnership’s priorities.

In particular, partners were brought together to discuss a wide range of current matters including a joint pan-Merseyside knife crime action plan, consistent ASB recording mechanisms and the New Integrated Through the Gate Model to support the rehabilitation of offenders. The Partnership was also given an overview of the Merseyside Youth Alliance following a successful bid for the Early Intervention Youth Fund announced in November 2018.

In addition, the Partnership planned a programme of work for the year ahead as a result of a formal consultation which has informed a change of priorities for the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership. It has been twenty years since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 brought Community Safety Partnerships into being and much has changed since then. As an example of these changes, the Government recommended that local Organised Crime Partnerships be established to oversee sub-regional work and it was suggested that Community Safety Partnerships would be an ideal mechanism to fulfil this function. This presented the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership with an opportunity to restructure to reflect the new oversight role. The Government’s view is that local Serious and Organised Crime Partnerships would oversee the delivery of the refreshed national Serious and Organised Crime Strategy 2018.


Notable achievements from 2017/18

In 2017/18, meetings of the Partnership were aligned to the Commissioner's policing priorities, enabling greater focus on the issues facing our region. Over the year, Partnership members have shared best practice regarding a wide range of current issues across the criminal justice system. These included preventative youth diversion activities targeted at ASB, multi-agency offender management from the National Probation Service to reduce reoffending and an update of the Red Umbrella Project launched in December 2017 following Merseyside Police’s successful bid to the VAWG transformation fund.

In addition, the Partnership has built up knowledge and understanding of the links between Child Criminal Exploitation and county lines as well as Fraud & Cyber-crime vulnerability within Merseyside and the work that has been carried out to prevent victimisation and pursue perpetrators.


Notable achievements from 2016/17

This Partnership is now in its fourth year. In 2016/17 I brought partners together to raise awareness of cyber-crime; to consult on Merseyside Police’s Community First proposals; to develop partner input on Police and Crime Plan objectives; and to plan the programme of work for the year ahead. The Partnership also improved understanding of the impact of austerity with Liverpool John Moores University commissioned to provide a bespoke piece of research with recommendations for the future of community safety on Merseyside.


Notable achievements from 2015/16

  • During 2015/16, membership was expanded further. In May 2015, Merseyside Chambers of Commerce were invited to join the partnershi