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Merseyside police commissioner appoints community 'ambassadors'
10:24am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A TEAM of community 'ambassadors' have been enlisted by Merseyside's crime commissioner to help understand residents' priorities.
The six-strong group of community engagement officers will be the 'eyes and ears' of police and crime commissioner Jane Kennedy to find out what people think is most important.
Ms Kennedy says that since being elected to her role last November, she has worked to listen to the needs of communities and the new team will strengthen relationships.
The officers will attend public meetings and events across Wirral, Knowsley, St Helen's, Sefton, Liverpool South and North and report back to the commissioner.
Ms Kennedy said: "I am delighted that my community engagement team is now in place and out meeting people from all the different communities of Merseyside.
"It is absolutely essential to me that I understand the concerns and needs of people across our region.
"I am committed to tackling the issues that impact most upon our communities to ensure Merseyside continues to be a safe place to live.
"By creating this team, I am providing a channel by which all organisations, charities, community and voluntary groups and members of their public can have their voices heard and ensure their concerns can be directly addressed by me.
"It will also enable me to make informed and balanced decisions on how community safety money should be spent on Merseyside to address the region’s priorities."
The team of engagement officers will be headed by Norma Kielty-Crummey, who worked for the Merseyside Police Authority (MPA) before it was replaced by the Commissioner in November 2012.
Lucy Johnson, who also previously worked for the MPA will cover Wirral, while former Merseyside Police trainer Mike Berry will be the Commissioner’s engagement officer for Knowsley.
Kim Dawson and Matthew Garlick will work in Liverpool North and South respectively, with Matthew also covering St Helens, while Jenny Currie will represent the Sefton area.
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