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Response to HMICFRS PEEL inspection

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has today (Thursday 2 May) published it's PEEL inspection report into Greater Manchester Police.

In response to the report which grades the police in areas of effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy, Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes said:

“There are positives to take from this report, particularly with regards to legitimacy. Ethics and integrity are the heart of good policing so I’m pleased that HMICFRS have judged GMP to be ‘good’ in the way it treats the public and its workforce.

“It is disappointing that GMP has been found to ‘require improvement’ in reducing crime and keeping people safe, and providing an efficient service, especially the concerns raised about protecting vulnerable people. I will be working with the Chief Constable to address the issues raised and make sure the necessary steps are put in place to make sure vulnerable victims are not being put at risk.

“However, as HMICFRS highlights, police forces are straining under significant pressure, something I and the Mayor have been saying for some time. In Greater Manchester, the impact of Government cuts means police have to make difficult decisions about where best to focus time and resources in the face of increasingly complex demand. As inspectors highlight, our recruitment of additional officers is positive but without fairer central police funding, it’s nowhere near enough to bolster the thin blue line.”

Article Published: 02/05/2019 22:16 PM