Crime and anti-social behaviour is on the rise and is affecting communities right across Merseyside. The Liberal Democrats believe in being tough on crime as well as being tough on the causes of crime. However, we will never lose sight of basic freedoms and will always fight to protect civil liberties.
As Mayor I will:
- Abolish the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) role saving at least £800,000 a year for front line policing.
- Keep the Chief Constable in check by strengthening the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel and ensuring that some powers of the PCC are merged with the role as Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region.
- With the Police Commissioner gone, I will bring police accountability back to local communities - by establishing ward based forums for councillors, police, members of the community to meet with their police teams, and use an allocated local fund for projects to reduce crime in their area.
- Protect civil liberties, by not allowing the use of facial recognition cameras like those in London and ensuring that everyone has a right to free, fair and peaceful protest.
- Seek to end knife, gun and other violent crimes - not just through greater enforcement but through tackling the root causes linked to health inequality and education.
- Create a zero tolerance approach to traffic crime by creating a new, joint partnership approach to stamp out illegal pavement parking and speeding in local communities.
- Facilitate an evidence based conversation around drugs reform and reform how police resources are used in this area - in particular relation to the use of cannabis.
- As part of the Liberal Democrats UK wide plan to invest an extra £300 million a year into police budgets, I will increase community policing in Merseyside by giving local police forces the funding they need to reverse the increase in violent crime, boost community confidence and increase the flow of community intelligence.
- Promote a community restorative justice programme to target those at risk of offending.
- Despite Brexit, work to maintain cross-border co-operation in combating serious organised crime, including international fraud and child sexual exploitation, by retaining the principles of the former European Arrest Warrant, membership of Europol and access to EU information databases.
- Campaign to make street harassment a crime and launch a huge education programme across Merseyside to raise awareness.
- Work with organisations such as the National Black Police Association to increase ethnic diversity and BAME participation in the police.
- Provide more support for victims of rape and domestic abuse.
- Create a new participation fund to attract more women into the police and its leadership positions.