STAFF at the former Merseyside Police Authority have been offered voluntary redundancy.
The authority was disbanded when the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner was created earlier this month.
Labour’s Jane Kennedy became the first elected Police Commissioner for Merseyside in an election earlier this month.
Among her first actions in office are attempts to reduce the annual costs of running the oversight of Merseyside Police.
The annual cost of the police authority was £2.1m.
It also had 24 staff and was located in city centre offices in Mercury Court.
Mrs Kennedy told the Post it was vital that costs were cut. An advert for a new chief executive will appear in weekend newspapers.
Mrs Kennedy is in discussions with police authority chief executive Paul Johnson about his future.
She has also asked for officials to find a new place for the Office of the Police Commissioner to be located.
Commissioner Kennedy said: "I am taking this opportunity to reduce the costs of the oversight role and thereby release funds directly into the police service.
“I don't need an expensive city centre office and I have asked staff to conduct a search of available property including within police stations.
“Co-locating with the police could be an ideal outcome as the additional cost of housing my office would be nil.
“I have opened discussions with the staff of the former police authority.”
She said three options were open to staff, taking a position within the Commissioner's office where possible, redeployment into the ranks of support staff of the police, or voluntary severance.
“I am grateful to the chief executive and staff for their understanding and co-operation,” added the Commissioner.
In a separate development she will be meeting Home Secretary Theresa May on Monday and plans to raise the matter of the police budget with the Conservative politician.
Commissioner Kennedy said that guidance ahead of the election was that the government would place a 3% cap on increases in the police precept element of council tax.
But she said since the election commissioners were being told a 2% cap would be imposed.
Each percentage increase in the precept would raise £600,000 for the police – money seen to be vital at a time of government cuts.
“All increases in the precept are unwelcome but it would help protect services,” said Commissioner Kennedy.
A 3% increase in the precept would add around £1 per year to the tax on a band A property.
Commissioner Kennedy will also be pressing Mrs May for answers on Community Safety Grant, which was previously paid to councils.
Last year Merseyside councils had a 50% cut imposed on the grant by the government, bringing the local share of the funding to £717,000.
The grant will now be handed directly to the commissioner instead and Mrs Kennedy said she wanted guarantees that the level of funding would not be cut even further.