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Consultations for Merseyside Police Authority

Merseyside police Authority logoConsultations and information in Merseyside Districts, 2005

In 2005 MDF arranged events in Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral to help Merseyside Police Authority, and to spread information about funding for groups of and for disabled people.

A pilot project - Citizen Focus - was funded by the Home Office to increase knowledge about Police Authorities (the boards that oversee the work of the police services). We were asked by Merseyside Police Authority (MPA) to arrange a series of accessible meetings. MPA wanted to increase the range of different people who they consulted with, and wanted to make sure that the views of disabled people (and groups of and for disabled people) were included.

Representatives of the MPA talked about their activities and responsibilities, and there was an interactive opportunity for people to show their knowledge of the MPA and what it did, and to have an instant vote on how they wanted MPA to consult with and inform them in future. Representatives from local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRP) also came to some of the meetings.

The Home Office later used experience of the partnership working in these events as part of a national toolkit on the way to improve communications between Police Authorities and what they call "hard to reach" groups. In Merseyside, information from the meetings went into the new Policing Plan - and responses to this draft plan increased in 2005, with many more people asking for information in alternative formats.

At each of the District meetings we also put on presentations about some of the sources of funding available to voluntary groups of and for disabled people - what they were and how to go about applying for them.