Crime drop on cop shops 2nd anniversary
Highlights include 8% drop in violence with injury, 9% drop in personal robbery, 12% drop in Sexual offences and 15% drop in Drugs offences
Jane Kennedy, Merseyside’s first Police and Crime Commissioner said: “It is fantastic to see the Cop Shop celebrating its two year anniversary. The successes achieved are down to the hard work and commitment of all the partners involved; providing an enhanced service to the public and making it easier to tackle crime”.
Based in St Johns, the cop shop has been instrumental in Liverpool city centre retaining the Purple Flag award which recognises high levels of safety in a city's night time economy.
As well as a base for the police it is also used by other emergency services and the UK’s largest street pastor service. It also formed as the operational base for Liverpool’s first wet facility pilot last summer which was designed to to tackle on-street alcohol related issues and has cut hundreds of wasted hours in police officers having to report back to St Anne Street Police station, which lies more than a mile from the city centre.
Liverpool City Centre Inspector Greg Lambert said: "The 'cop shop' has been open for two years now and has become an established resource for police and partners in the city centre.
‘’We have seen a drop in crime in the area in the last 12 months, and the 'cop shop' plays a vital role in this continued reduction, offering access to the public and businesses alike."
The cop shop was created thanks to a free fit out by St Johns Shopping Centre with rent paid for by businesses through the BID levy. City Central BID has made a commitment to continue its funding to 2018 if it wins a yes vote from members in its renewal ballot in June.
Ian Ward, centre director at St Johns and chairman of City Central BID, said: “This is the UK’s first privately funded police station. Its impact on safety in the city and its savings to the tax payer are successes that both St Johns and the City Central BID are incredibly proud of”.
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