Baroness Beverley Hughes
Safe & Strong Communities (Police and Fire)
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
Baroness Beverley Hughes has been reappointed for a second term as Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, following the Mayoral elections in May 2021.
Bev has served as Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire on behalf of the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham since 2017, taking on formal oversight of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) in 2020.
In that time, the Deputy Mayor has invested millions in community safety initiatives, transformed support services for vulnerable victims of crime and enabled the recruitment of 667 additional police officers.
Bev Hughes said:
“Looking ahead, I am looking forward to working with the new Chief Constable as we begin a new chapter for Greater Manchester Police, one which will see us build a strong, accountable, victim-centred police service, that brings out the best of our many dedicated officers and staff who serve our communities day in, day out.”
The role of the Deputy Mayor includes:
- Setting priorities for a safe and stronger Greater Manchester and ensuring they are delivered through the Police and Crime Plan and Fire Plan
- Devolving funding to local communities to support crime and anti-social behaviour prevention initiatives - £32 million has been invested into community safety partnerships since 2018/19
- Commissioning an independent survey to monitor and respond to public feelings of safety and confidence - 12,875 Greater Manchester residents completed the Policing and Community Safety survey in 2019/20
- Working with partners to ensure a joined up response that gets to the root cause of crime
- Working with the Mayor to set the police and fire budgets including how much you contribute through your council tax - In 2020/21 your council tax will fund an additional 325 police officers
- Working with the Mayor to appoint the Chief Constable and the Chief Fire Officer
- Holding the Chief Constable and the Chief Fire Officer to account for delivering effective, efficient and people-centred services