Merseyside PCC Jane Kennedy speaks to Social Science studentsThursday 5 March 2015
Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside Jane Kennedy spoke to students and staff from the Department of Social Science about her role and the key issues faced by the UK Police forces.
Commissioner Kennedy explained what the duties of the PCC entail, which include holding the Chief Constable to account and ensuring the Force is properly funded so that he can deliver an efficient and effective service. The role also includes the power to set the policing budget.
Commissioner Kennedy spoke about the key priorities for Merseyside Police, including tackling serious organised crime, reducing crime and antisocial behaviour and taking effective action against all kinds of hate crime. She also spoke about the importance of a duty of care to the victims of crime.
Discussing the relationship between the PCC and the Chief Constable, Commissioner Kennedy explained how it is founded on the continual questioning of each other. She also spoke about how the Police Force may have to cope with more funding cuts over the next two to three years.
Professor George Mair said: “The lecture from Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy was a great opportunity for our students to hear first-hand about the challenges facing policing in the UK. Commissioner Kennedy’s lecture also provided a useful insight in to the wider political issues that lie behind policing and community safety.”