Each year, the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police visits LJMU to deliver a state of the city public lecture focussing on a key topic. This year, Sir Jon Murphy QPM returns to deliver a lecture titled Is there a future for Neighbourhood Policing?
The police service is facing unprecedented demand; technology enables savvy criminals to find new ways to commit old crimes while creating new crimes we have never seen before. The job of law enforcement is becoming infinitely more complex as the risk of terrorism is at a historically prolonged high level, and the police are being pushed into new areas. Combine these pressures with a long programme of austerity which continues to reduce the size of police forces, what then does the future hold for Neighbourhood Policing?
The Chief Constable's Lecture is a highlight in the city region's civic calendar, as it gives students, practitioners and members of the public an opportunity to hear a key address from the Chief Constable, outlining some of his force's priorities for the year ahead.