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Covid-19: PCC & Deputy join Metro Mayor & MPs for coronavirus teleconference

Virtual meeting
Jane in front of police HQ

Merseyside's Police Commissioner and Deputy Chief Constable are joining the region's Metro Mayor and MPs at a regular remote meeting today to discuss issues emerging because of the Covid-19 crisis.

Jane Kennedy and Deputy Chief Constable Serena Kennedy are working with the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and the region's Members of Parliament to examine the impact of the global epidemic on the region and discuss how services are responding to the outbreak.

This meeting gives the Commissioner and the Deputy Chief Constable the opportunity to keep the Metro Mayor and local MPs updated on police activity over the week, crime trends and the level of enforcement required in light of the Coronavirus legislation. As Chair of the Local Resilience Forum, the Deputy Chief Constable can also provide an overview of how this multi-agency partnership is working to provide an effective response to the challenges created by Covid-19.

The meeting, which is held virtually, also allows the MPs to ask questions on behalf of their constituents, voice any concerns and provide any feedback.

Items on the agenda for discussion include sickness levels and welfare, including the availability of PPE, crime and ASB, response times and how governance is being managed during the outbreak.

Jane wants your views on policing funding today...

The Police Commissioner has to set the police budget soon.

She wants your views on  if you would be willing to contribute an extra 19p a week in your council tax  to enable the Chief Constable to recruit 160 new police officers next year, as well help balance the budget and protect jobs?

Without the extra funding the Commissioner will have to reduce the budget, the recruitment of new officers can’t
go ahead and the Chief Constable will be required to cut back on the service again.