I am publishing word for word the report that has today been sent to local councillors by Maghull neighbourhood Inspector Phil Hatton. There are some interesting references to Maghull Police Station continuing to be open and used which must be encouraging – see my previous postings on this and my exchanges with Merseyside’s Crime and Policing Commissioner (Labour’s Jane Kennedy) of a few weeks ago where she was clearly playing her cards close to her chest.
As you may be aware there has been a Force review of Neighbourhood policing this year. As a result of that review the Chief Constable and PCC have now approved a Neighbourhood Policing Restructure. In Sefton, this will occur on 11th November.
The positive news is that, even though half of Police Forces nationally have abandoned Neighbourhood Policing, Merseyside has decided to remain committed to it. Further to the last point, the numbers of PCSO’s and Constables posted to Neighbourhood Policing in Sefton overall have NOT been reduced.
What is changing?
1) There will be bigger Neighbourhoods and a reduction in Inspectors.
2) A team called the ‘Neighbourhood Support Unit’ (NSU) has been formed – enabling resources to be matched to demand and giving a capability to deal with serious crime issues not previously available.
3) All Wards have been subject to a threat/risk/harm assessment. Some Wards will lose dedicated Constables to facilitate the creation of the NSU.
4) PCSO’s will retain their Ward responsibilities. Some Wards will receive additional PCSO’s.
What does this mean for us?
• Maghull & Netherton Neighbourhoods will combine to be called ‘Sefton South East’ Neighbourhood-managed by myself,supported by Sgt Steve Matthews. This will incorporate the following Wards: Park, Sudell, Molyneux, Ford, St Oswald and Netherton & Orrell. Litherland Ward will become part of Sefton South West –managed by the local team at Marsh Lane.
• Sefton South East officers will use Copy Lane as a parade station. Maghull Police Station will serve as a hub station for those officers.
• Maghull Police Station will also serve as the parade station for the Sefton ‘Tactical Team’ – a group of specialist uniformed officers.
• The new Neighbourhood Support Unit (NSU) will be parade at Marsh Lane but deploy to support both South Sefton (East & West) Neighbourhood Inspectors.
Essentially, your Local Team will remain committed to problem solving in their area of responsibility.
As is the case now, they will not be available 24/7 but will be able to deal with low-level ongoing issues, gather intelligence and be as visible as possible.
If there are issues which the Local Team cannot deal with, then it will be a matter for the Inspector to request and co-ordinate other resources, beginning with the new NSU but also considering other Sefton, and (if necessary), Force resources.
There are no changes to existing 24-hour response cover. Sefton Patrol Teams continue to work exceptionally hard, in demanding times, to respond successfully to calls within target times over 90% of the time.
There are no changes to Sefton’s investigative capacity (CID, Intelligence etc).
Similar changes, and a separate NSU have been implemented in North Sefton (Formby & Southport).
Similar changes have been or are being implemented in Knowsley,Wirral,Liverpool & St Helens.
We will need to adapt to the changes as quickly as possible.Please bear with us as we deal with the technicalities such as the Force website etc.
If we continue to work together after the restructure, we can all make a difference locally to keep our communities as safe as we possibly can.