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Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police provides policing services to the metropolitan area of Merseyside. The police force area covers 250 square miles with approximately 65 miles of coastline in the north west of England. Although there are some more affluent areas, Merseyside has a high level of poverty. Around 1.4 million people live in a predominantly urban setting. The force covers the conurbation that includes the city of Liverpool and surrounding towns. The resident population is increased by very large number of university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, commute into, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations, an airport and a major sea port.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michael Cunningham is HMI for Merseyside
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s Northern region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Merseyside Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Merseyside Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Merseyside Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Merseyside Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Merseyside Police’s performance this year, including where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Merseyside

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.





Key facts

Force Area

249 square miles


1.39m people 2% local 10 yr change


76% frontline 78% national level
4.3 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
18% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)


64p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

After listening to the people of Merseyside, the Commissioner identified the following priorities for the region:

  • Tackling serious and organised crime
  • Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Providing a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style
  • Maintaining public safety
  • Taking effective action against all forms of hate crime
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Jane Kennedy is committed to cutting crime and keeping Merseyside a safe place to live, work and visit. She set her policing priorities after listening to the views of people across the region.

First and foremost, the consistent message came across that the blight of serious and organised crime should be tackled.

The Commissioner also set a priority of reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, protecting and supporting victims and disrupting and prosecuting offenders. She has also pledged to provide a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style, maintain public safety and take effective action against all forms of hate crime.

Merseyside PCC

Jane-Kennedy-PCC-Merseyside-1Jane Kennedy


Merseyside Police


Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM, appointed in July 2016

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