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Your Safety Matters – still time to have your say

by Jonathan Kearney

People across Merseyside are being asked to help shape a new strategy with the aim of reducing serious violence across our region.

Knowsley residents will be asked to share their thoughts on the impact of violence on communities, their perceptions of the problem, the causes, the consequences and what they want to see happen to prevent themselves and others having a fear of violence.

The development of the strategy is being led by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, with the support of the five Community Safety partnerships in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral as well as other organisations. They are made up of Councils, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, NHS, and National Probation Service.

Other partners such as youth justice, prisons, education and voluntary sector services are also involved.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “Serious violence can affect anyone and the consequences are often devastating and life-changing – whether you are a victim, a relative or loved one, friend or witness.

“We are determined to prevent and reduce serious violence to stop more families suffering such heartache and harm.

“To do that, it’s vital we understand people’s perceptions of violence and how we can make them feel safer. This is a chance for people across Merseyside to have their voices heard.

By taking part, you will help inform the work we do in the future to protect families and communities, and I would encourage everyone, please have your say.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “In Knowsley and across the city region, we have experienced first-hand the impact serious violence has on our communities and the often life-changing devastation it leaves behind.

“We want to put residents at the centre of our strategy to reduce violence and ensure that your views, feelings and experiences are used to influence how we tackle violence across the city region.

“I urge all residents to take part in the survey and have their say in creating safer communities.”

The survey is completely anonymous, is open to anyone living, studying or working in Merseyside, and can be found at https://smartsurvey.co.uk/s/your-safety-matters/.

The closing date is Sunday 1 October 2023.