Policing – Those joining the Police need to be widely respected


Throughout my presently 32 years in public life I have had numerous encounters with police officers. The vast majority of those encounters have been really positive and I grew to respect many police women and men as a consequence.

But I have also encountered police officers who have struck me as being simply the wrong type of person to put on that uniform. I refer to personality traits such as controlling, self-important or remote from the communities they are meant to be serving.

Yes police officers have to be tough and unwavering as they try to keep us safe but they all also require good diplomatic and interpersonal skills despite the challenges of their job.

I don’t know about you but I sighed when I read the Liverpool Echo article above. It’s all well and good apologising but the bottom line is the remark should never have been made in the first place by a police officer. OK the officer has been given ‘management advice’ but surely the officer’s managers must be thinking that this seeming lack of judgement is far more serious than an apology can put right.

Policing in the East Parishes part of Sefton Borough – Changes announced


Here’s an update about how Merseyside Police intend to change policing in the East Parishes (Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree Village, Melling & Sefton/Lunt Villages) part of Sefton Borough and indeed across the Borough.


As part of the Force restructure in January, our local Inspector Phil Hatton is to be deployed away from Local Policing prior to retiring. December will be his last month in post as Neighbourhood Inspector.

In January 2017, the BCU (Basic Command Unit) structure of Merseyside Police will change to a ‘Functional’ structure. As part of these changes, Neighbourhood Policing will be re-titled Community Policing under the ‘Local Policing’ function. Sefton Local Policing teams will be managed by Superintendent Paul White and Chief Inspector Jerry Harris.

In essence this means that the current Sefton North & West Neighbourhoods [Formby & Southport] will combine under one Inspector (Graham Fisher) as North Sefton Community Hub.

The current South & East Sefton Neighbourhoods will combine under one Inspector as the South Sefton Community Hub. That Inspector will be Ian Jones from 9th January. The team will be based at Marsh Lane Police Station.
He will have responsibility for the following Wards:-

Sudell,Park & Molyneux [These wards cover the East Parishes area of the Borough], St Oswald,Ford,Netherton & Orrell, Blundellsands,Church,Manor,Victoria,Litherland,Linacre and Derby.

Whilst there will clearly be challenges for the new Inspectors – particularly their large geographical responsibilities, they will retain teams of PCSO’s and Police Officers to support them and remain as points of contact within each Ward. They will also be supported by other teams who will support them with proactive operations.

The Force changes are designed to reflect the changing nature of Policing, and to improve our investigative, PVP (protecting vulnerable people) and intelligence functions. It has also been designed so that more Officers are available to respond to calls for service at key times during the day and night.

Phil Hatton says it has been a pleasure to be the East Sefton Neighbourhood Inspector for the last 4 years and that he has been happy to support and/or admire the many people who are out there doing positive things in their Communities.

Going forwards, it is important that there are Police Teams who remain ‘invested’ in communities, as this provides the motivation to keep improving, and to respond to issues as they arise.

To everyone who Phil has worked with, or even shared a chat, he wishes a fond farewell and best wishes for the future.


This update was supplied by Merseyside Police to Lydiate Parish Council. In turn I would like to express my thanks to Phil Hatton, who famously was called Derek Hatton (in error of course) at a Council meeting I was at. Phil has been someone whom I have been confident to raise matters with on behalf of the communities I have represented. He has always tried to assist and I have valued his efforts. I wish him all the very best for the future.