On 6th May 2021, the public of Merseyside were invited to vote for their second Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). The winning candidate was Emily Spurrell, who took 57% of the public vote.
Emily took up office six days later, on May 13th, 2021.
Police and Crime Commissioners were brought in by the Government to replace Police Authorities.
As Merseyside’s elected Police Commissioner, Emily’s role is to work on behalf of the public to provide a strong and powerful voice for all of our region's communities, representing their views on how crime is prevented and tackled.
She is accountable for how crime and community safety issues are addressed throughout the region.
It is her job to hold the Chief Constable to account and to ensure the Force is properly funded so that she can deliver an efficient and effective service. The role includes the power to set the policing budget of £370 million. Not only that, but she also has a statutory responsibility to monitor the whole criminal justice system in the region, commission community safety and crime prevention initiatives and provide support for victims of crime.