Police Commissioner vows to join officers on patrol to 'understand challenges'

St Helens Star: Labour's Jane Kennedy, Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner, will set strategies and budgets for policing in St Helens. Labour's Jane Kennedy, Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner, will set strategies and budgets for policing in St Helens.

MERSEYSIDE’S first Police and Crime Commissioner has vowed to go out on patrol with officers to fully understand the daily challenges they face.

Labour's Jane Kennedy, who will be sworn in to the new post next Thursday, secured 56per cent of the votes – but the election was overshadowed by dire turnouts across the country.

Ms Kennedy, a former Liverpool MP, will oversee policing in St Helens – one of six command units in the region.

She will have the powers to hire and fire the chief constable, set budgets and draw up strategies.

According to the Liverpool Echo, she will be paid a salary of £85,000. The commissioner will be held to account by a police and crime panel, made up of people from local authorities.

Speaking last night, she said: "Now that I am elected, I will be hitting the ground running.

“I hope to meet the officers of Merseyside police and am already planning to go out on patrol so I can fully understand the challenges which they face day in and day out.

"And I want to start the process of examining the whole system and to call to account all the agencies who have a part to play in reducing crime.

"I strongly believe that if you can forge strong, real partnerships between agencies like the youth justice service, the probation service, the prison service, the voluntary and community sector, the faith sector and if you can get them all working together in a more co-ordinated way, you can maintain the very good services that exist across Merseyside despite the tough challenges which we face."

Turnout across Merseyside was 12.7per cent, while in St Helens it was 12.9, mirroring a dismal trend nationally.

In her victory speech, Ms Kennedy added: "This is an election that probably none of us wanted, but I do want to thank all those that have voted, despite the low turnout. I appreciate their commitment and their involvement in democracy in what is an important election.

"I make this one promise. That is to work very hard, to do the best job for Merseyside, for the police and for the communities that they serve."

Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner elect said the result sent a clear message back to the Tories and Lib Dems in Government.

Speaking after the count, she added: "What is clear from these results is that people right across Merseyside are not happy with the policies of the Tory-Lib Dem Government.

"The poor turnout itself, and the ultimate result, is a clear statement from the people of Merseyside, and wider afield in the UK, to David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

"It would be foolish for them not to hear this as a warning sign from the electorate.

"They ignored the warning from the Labour party about their mismanagement of this entire election process.”

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3:21pm Sat 17 Nov 12

jumper says...

What Jane seems to miss is that the electorate hope that justice and the police go together that as miserably been absent for a verylong while.Stop preaching and do the job.People from the local authorities, I wonder who?
What Jane seems to miss is that the electorate hope that justice and the police go together that as miserably been absent for a verylong while.Stop preaching and do the job.People from the local authorities, I wonder who? jumper

5:52pm Sat 17 Nov 12

pitbullboxing says...

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7:20pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Bill Bradbury says...

Have you noticed all the media, including the Star don't want to publish any adverse comments over the futility of Commisioners.
They go on about excusing the electorate on its low poll that they did not understand the issues. They understood it well that the whole process was a waste of money and they wanted nothing to do with it.

So now we have it in the open Kennedy admitting she hasn't a clue what goes on out there in policing.

The Labour party has elected a "placewoman" who knows nothing about policing no more than any average citizen would know.
As I wrote eleswhere, clap trap and flim flam is all we will get plus plenty of "photo-shots" and vacuous statements.
Have you noticed all the media, including the Star don't want to publish any adverse comments over the futility of Commisioners. They go on about excusing the electorate on its low poll that they did not understand the issues. They understood it well that the whole process was a waste of money and they wanted nothing to do with it. So now we have it in the open Kennedy admitting she hasn't a clue what goes on out there in policing. The Labour party has elected a "placewoman" who knows nothing about policing no more than any average citizen would know. As I wrote eleswhere, clap trap and flim flam is all we will get plus plenty of "photo-shots" and vacuous statements. Bill Bradbury

7:49pm Sat 17 Nov 12

jumper says...

That is Bill how can one somebody who dosn't know the job be in charge of them who won't do the job. Three months trail and then another election if not up to it.That is what the workers have to go through if lucky enough to get a start
That is Bill how can one somebody who dosn't know the job be in charge of them who won't do the job. Three months trail and then another election if not up to it.That is what the workers have to go through if lucky enough to get a start jumper

9:14pm Sun 18 Nov 12

anthonywilson says...

Bill Bradbury wrote:
Have you noticed all the media, including the Star don't want to publish any adverse comments over the futility of Commisioners.
They go on about excusing the electorate on its low poll that they did not understand the issues. They understood it well that the whole process was a waste of money and they wanted nothing to do with it.

So now we have it in the open Kennedy admitting she hasn't a clue what goes on out there in policing.

The Labour party has elected a "placewoman" who knows nothing about policing no more than any average citizen would know.
As I wrote eleswhere, clap trap and flim flam is all we will get plus plenty of "photo-shots" and vacuous statements.
Spot on Bill.

If I needed someone to fix a radiator I wouldn't send for an electrician.

If she hasn't a great deal of knowledge about Policing and knows little more than the average citizen, we all might as well have picked a name out of a hat.

The £85k salary should be being spent on more Police Officers catching criminals, not squandered on a person who hasn't much of a clue.
[quote][p][bold]Bill Bradbury[/bold] wrote: Have you noticed all the media, including the Star don't want to publish any adverse comments over the futility of Commisioners. They go on about excusing the electorate on its low poll that they did not understand the issues. They understood it well that the whole process was a waste of money and they wanted nothing to do with it. So now we have it in the open Kennedy admitting she hasn't a clue what goes on out there in policing. The Labour party has elected a "placewoman" who knows nothing about policing no more than any average citizen would know. As I wrote eleswhere, clap trap and flim flam is all we will get plus plenty of "photo-shots" and vacuous statements.[/p][/quote]Spot on Bill. If I needed someone to fix a radiator I wouldn't send for an electrician. If she hasn't a great deal of knowledge about Policing and knows little more than the average citizen, we all might as well have picked a name out of a hat. The £85k salary should be being spent on more Police Officers catching criminals, not squandered on a person who hasn't much of a clue. anthonywilson

10:28am Mon 19 Nov 12

Bill Bradbury says...

Anthony--and so say 85% plus of the country who did not vote. I would be interested in seeing how many were spoilt votes, including mine.
Anthony--and so say 85% plus of the country who did not vote. I would be interested in seeing how many were spoilt votes, including mine. Bill Bradbury

12:18pm Tue 20 Nov 12

jumper says...

Well have you been yet Jane and what happened, don't forget St Helens some of us voted,
Well have you been yet Jane and what happened, don't forget St Helens some of us voted, jumper

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