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Jane Kennedy
Merseyside Police Commissioner
The last few weeks have been a particularly challenging time for our police service, both nationally and locally. There have been unprecedented – and sustained – pressures facing all those working to keep our communities safe.
Here on Merseyside, we have suffered a concerning rise in gun crime on our streets at a time when we have been providing support and assistance to our colleagues in Manchester in the wake of the arena atrocity and, for a short period, the national threat level was raised to the highest category, critical.
I know everyone at Merseyside Police is committed to doing everything possible to tackle the use of firearms on our streets and a huge amount of resource is being invested into this issue. In the last few weeks, 700 stop and searches have been carried out and more than 120 people have been arrested.
The Force is doing everything it can with the resources it has, but since 2010, Merseyside Police has lost more than 1,500 officers and staff, and the workforce are stretched like never before. They need your help if they are to tackle the scourge of gun crime and I would urge anyone with any information to come forward, either by calling the police on 101 or by calling national charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Love against hate
In the wake of tragedies that have taken place in Manchester and London, I was proud and humbled to join the Chief Constable, Andy Cooke, in uniting with community and multi-faith leaders at the Radha Krishna Temple on Edge Lane in an act of love and solidarity.
By standing together in this way, we showed that we will not be broken or divided, that our community will not be split or torn. This fantastic event saw people from all walks of life coming together in harmony and hope and it showed the very best of Merseyside.