Through the National Policing Board, the Home Secretary sets out four strategic policing pillars:

  • A relentless focus on cutting crime;
  • A resilient workforce;
  • Stronger, more diverse leadership;
  • Ensuring we are trusted by the public to work together as one;

These priorities provide a framework for activity and will be used to structure future meetings of the National Policing Board and track progress against these pillars.

Under the pillar, “A relentless focus on cutting crime” are the new National Crime and Policing Measures. These set out the Government’s key national priorities on crime and the measures fall under the following headings:

  • Reduce Murder and other Homicides;
  • Reduce Serious Violence;
  • Disrupt drugs supply and county lines;
  • Reduce neighbourhood crime;
  • Tackle cyber crime;
  • Improve satisfaction among victims – with a particular focus on victims of domestic abuse.

These measures will provide national accountability and collective responsibility. From a local perspective it will be important for a PCC to be able to explain to the public how their force performs against these measures. These measures are designed to show a general decline in the recorded number of offences over the longer term, rather than a sharp decline in the recorded number of offences over a shorter period.

Update September 2022

 Priority area


 National   metrics and   data source

 Homicides – Police Recorded

 Crime levels   and time   period


 Financial year to date (April 21 – October 21) shows that 14 homicides have taken place in   this period. This is an increase in the number of homicides that have taken place compared   to the same period in the previous financial year. The long-term trend reflects a decreasing   trajectory in the number of Homicides recorded.




 A significant proportion of homicides within the force area are related to Serious and   Organised Crime. The force has laid out a homicide prevention strategy, for which Serious   and Organised Crime is a key priority. Through this strategy, Merseyside Police has a strong   focus on firearms and targeting Serious and Organised Crime groups through a variety of   overt and covert means.

 Knife-enabled homicide has been on a decreasing trend over the last eight years. We have   seen a decreasing trend for hospital admissions for assaults with a knife or sharp object. We   have seen a 5.1% decrease in knife crime in 2021 compared to 2019.

 We continue to work with our partners to tackle the blight that knives cause through our   work within the Violence Reduction Partnership. Domestic related homicides continue to   feature within the Merseyside Homicide picture. Tackling domestic abuse, coercion and     control is a key priority for Merseyside Police and our partners

 Priority area


 National   metrics and   data source

 Hospital admissions of under 25s for assault with a sharp object – NHS

 Offences involving discharge of a firearm – Police recorded

 Crimes   levels and   time period


 For victims under the age of 25, being admitted to hospital for assaults with a knife or sharp   object, we have seen significant decreases in volumes compared to the previous years.

 The data for this includes where a firearm has been fired, used as a blunt instrument against a   person or used as a threat.  Offences involving air weapons are not included in the datasets.   Imitation firearms include replica weapons, as well as low powered weapons which fire small   plastic pellets, such as BB Guns and soft air weapons.



 Merseyside Police has been allocated £1.9 million share of GRIP funding from the Home Office   to deliver ‘Hotspot Policing’ in areas that are most impacted by serious violence. Merseyside   police will use a range of tactics including High Visibility Disruption and High Visibility   randomised control policing tactics. The aim of these tactics is to take control of serious   violence in key locations and neighbourhoods that are most affected by serious violence and   knife crime. These areas will be identified and evaluated by using a data led approach.

 Funding from the Home Office has enabled Merseyside Police to set up a Violence Reduction   Partnership (VRP). Working in partnership with other statutory agencies and the third sector to   create a public health approach that identifies the root causes of serious violence and potential   remedies. This is provided through the delivery of projects to young people to divert them   away from harm.

 Priority area


 National   metrics and   data source

 Drug related homicides – Police recorded

 Police referrals into drug treatment – Public Health England 

 Crime levels   and time   period

 Awaiting Public Health figures for police referrals into drug treatment.



 Merseyside remains the second largest national exporter of county lines, The exported threat   from Merseyside remains primarily concentrated in the North West region, which accounts for   up to 80% of the region’s active County Lines. Subsequently, County Lines is a high priority   for the force, and demand is focused on problem solving, continuously improving, and   developing new initiatives and activity that support this.

 Project Medusa, Merseyside’s response to tackling county lines, has seen huge successes.   Since April 2021 until September 2021, has closed 108 County Lines and seized a total of   £248,551 in cash. The project will continue to deliver on the county lines agenda.

 The Home Office has provided additional funding to target County lines during 2021-22 and   to target the highest harm County Lines exported from Merseyside impacting upon other   forces.

 On Merseyside there are a number of operations and tactics in place referred to as ‘Force   Operations’ which aim to address the challenges of drug offending and county lines.

 In addition, Merseyside have also been provided with funding to work with three of the five   local authority areas to deliver Operation Adder. This project will support a whole system   approach that enhances local enforcement, diversionary activities, treatment, and recovery   provision in relation to drugs.

 Priority   area


 Priority   area


 National   metrics   and data     source

 Burglary, robbery, theft of and from a vehicle, theft from a person – Crime Survey for England   and Wales

 Crime   levels and   time   period


 Force Recorded Crime Data

 Burglary – FYTD 24.9% decrease compared to same period in previous year

 Robbery – FYTD 4.8% decrease compared to same period in previous year

 Theft of and from a vehicle – FYTD 4.1% decrease compared to same period in previous year

 Theft from a person - FYTD 21.3% decreased compared to same period in previous year



 A goal of Local Policing is to ensure the whole Force adopts a problem-solving approach as it   shifts towards a more preventive stance. With prevention being one of Merseyside Police Chief   Constables priorities for the police service.

 The team established a multi-agency approach to not only comprehend the challenges within   the local areas but to develop long-term solutions for tackling these issues. Over the next four   years, the Problem-Solving Team will ensure the whole Force adopts a problem-solving approach   to policing and aims to replicate its successes across all strands.

 National   metrics   and data     source

Satisfaction with the police among victims of domestic abuse – Crime Survey for England and Wales

Victim satisfaction with the Police – Crime Survey for England and Wales

 Crime   levels and   time   period

We have used local force data while we await the latest Crime Survey of England and Wales data.

All outcomes – whole experience 88.4% satisfied



 In 2018 Merseyside Police launched a new DA User Insight survey, which offers victims an   opportunity to provide feedback that can be provided to all staff that engage with DA victims to   improve case outcomes. Merseyside Police have also developed two surveys which assist them   in gaining invaluable insight into how our crime victims feel about the service provided. The first   being a General Crime Survey.  This asks specific questions relating to five key service areas   namely, Ease of Contact; Action Taken; Treatment; Follow Up and Whole Experience.  The   second survey specifically surveys victims of Domestic Abuse and focuses on identical key   stages of services.  The feedback received permits us to address any shortfalls in service swiftly   and appropriately whilst ensuring that all our crime victims are dealt with sensitively and   professionally. These outcomes are monitored on a quarterly basis through the PCCs Scrutiny   meeting.

 Priority area


 National   metrics and   data Source

Confidence in the law enforcement response to cyber-crime – Cyber Awareness Tracker

Percentage of businesses experiencing a cyber breach or attack – Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Survey

 Crime levels   and time   period

Force level recorded crime data used until national data available

Year ending March 2020 compared with year ending March 2021 saw a 45% increase in Fraud and computer misuse offences.



 As we increasingly rely on technology and spend greater proportions of our lives online,   criminals seek to exploit whatever digital opportunities they can. Fraud and cyber related   offences are growing rapidly Nationally and on Merseyside we have experienced increases in   Cyber Crime however, this has been on an upward trend for some years, in line with the   changing culture of criminality and increased use of technology in committing crime.

 The Force consistently searches for new approaches to address Cyber Crime by making the   best use of technology and working with other agencies such as the Home Office, and   Technical Companies to consider the volume of data that the Force is managing because of   this crime type to design a response that enables investigators to process, evaluate and   understand the data more quickly, efficiently and in a more cost-effective way.