Liverpool LPA Community Advisory Group appeal for members to join them to give community a voice

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Members of the community, business owners and community groups are being invited to the next Liverpool Local Policing Area (LPA) Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting online on 5 December, at 6pm until 7pm, to work with their Neighbourhood Inspectors on tackling crime and antisocial behaviour in Liverpool.

The Liverpool LPA CAG is part of a wider initiative to get the local community involved in an ongoing two-way dialogue between the force and the community to give them a voice to support the force in delivering a service which meets the needs of the community.   In consultation with the community, it will enable the force to develop a better understanding of their needs so that any issues raised can be discussed and considered in helping us all come together to make the community a safer place for all who live, work, have businesses or run community groups in the area. Liverpool CAG have already achieved successes through increasing engagement in the area but need more people to get involved in the upcoming meeting and the CAG to achieve the changes the community want.

Neighbourhood Inspector Kieron Hogan saidThis is a real opportunity for the local community to get involved in issues that concern them like crime and antisocial behaviour and have an input into how we tackle them to make where they live a safer place.  You might live here or run a local community group or even own a business here and your experience of day-to-day life is going to inform us about where we concentrate our resources because your experience is vital in helping make those decisions and making change happen to benefit the whole community.”

The areas of discussion offer an opportunity for the community to get involved in crime prevention initiatives and help focus police priorities on issues like burglary, antisocial behaviour, retail crime, the night time economy, and roads policing which will all have a great impact on the community.

Neighbourhood Inspector Nicola Hamilton said: “It is vital that people come and talk to us at our CAG about what is happening in their local community where they can ask us questions and voice their concerns.  We make decisions about where we put our policing resources based upon the issues we have in an area, and the most effective way of doing this is by having a two-way conversation with the community about what concerns they have and where they think we can make a positive impact.  The more input we get from the community the better it is for everyone because they are the people who see what happens in their area every day, allowing us to focus on the issues that are most important to them.”

The Liverpool LPA CAG area is vast with just under half a million people living there which covers a wide demographic including people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds and is a real opportunity for the community to come together and make a difference where they live or work.

Neighbourhood Inspector Kieron Hogan said: “Because of our first CAG meeting, a few months ago, we have been able to act on community information and changed our priorities for our local policing teams, we could not have done this without the help of the community and the fact they have been able to discuss issues they are concerned about with us. We cannot do this alone, and although we have already seen successes in working together with the community to change some policing policies, we would like to continue this and do much more together.  This next meeting, on Tuesday, 5 December at 6pm, is for them so we hope more members of the community will get involved.”

The Liverpool LPA CAG is also an opportunity for members who join to promote their own services to local policing teams and to each other to network and broaden community-based initiatives in Liverpool. 

Neighbourhood Inspector Nicola Hamilton said: “Following our latest CAG meeting we were able to act on issues raised by the community about Bonfire Night and Mischief Night, which allowed us to better safeguard our communities. Please come and talk to us so we can continue this positive work together.”

The Liverpool CAG has a key role to play in building relationships to help encourage sustainable communities where people can come together in community-based problem solving through a forum for discussion and consultation on community priorities to effectively progress the force’s Community First aims.

The Liverpool LPA CAG area covers the wards of; Allerton, Hunts Cross, Anfield, Belle Vale, Central Liverpool, Childwall, Church, Clubmoor, County, Cressington, Croxteth, Everton, Walton, Fazakerley, Greenbank, Kensington and Fairfield, Kirkdale, Knotty Ash, Mossley Hill, Norris Green, Old Swan, Picton, Princes Park, Riverside, Aigburth, City Centre, Dingle and Toxteth, Sefton Park, Speke-Garston, St Michaels, Tuebrook and Stoneycroft, Warbreck, Dovecot, Wavertree, West Derby, Woolton, Gateacre, Netherley and Yew Tree with a total population of 486,088.

For more information email: E.neighbourhood.hub.2@merseyside.police.uk

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