Restore community policing to end scandal of 46,065 unsolved crimes in Merseyside

Local Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Councillor Kris Brown is calling for a return to proper community policing, as half of all people say they never see police patrols in their local area.

New analysis by the Liberal Democrats reveals that 46,065 crimes reported to Merseyside police last year were closed without a suspect being identified – including 6,484 burglaries, 1,777 car thefts and 608 robberies.

The party’s analysis shows that 81% of all burglary cases and 51% of robberies in Merseyside are closed without a suspect being identified.

Kris Brown, Liberal Democrat candidate for Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“Everyone in Merseyside should be able to feel safe in their homes and walking down our streets. But this Conservative Government is leaving our communities vulnerable and letting criminals get away with it.

Merseyside police need the officers, resources and time to focus on preventing and solving crimes. Instead, Ministers want to waste police time chasing centralised Whitehall targets and carrying out pointless, suspicionless Stop and Search.  Similarly, Labour want to waste money and resources on keeping the Police Commissioner, costing tax payers over £800,000 a year.

“Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people. We will do what works to build communities where people are safe and feel safe too.”

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