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Greater Manchester no longer has a Police and Crime Commissioner. The Mayor of Greater Manchester has now taken responsibility for policing and crime.


Tony often formally responds to matters of public interest like public consultations, government inquiries, and inspection reports. We’ll post those responses in this section. See also, archived responses.

HMIC PEEL: Police effectiveness 2015 (vulnerability)

As part of its annual inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HMIC’s effectiveness programme assessed how well forces keep people safe and reduce crime. Within this programme, HMIC’s vulnerability inspection examined the overall question, ‘How effective are forces at protecting from harm those who are vulnerable, and supporting victims?’. We have considered in depth how forces respond to and support missing and absent children and victims of domestic abuse, and assessed how well prepared forces are to respond to and safeguard children at risk of sexual exploitation. The efficiency inspection was published on 20 October 2015.

HMIC: National child protection – post-inspection review

Protecting children is one of the most important tasks the police undertake. Only the police can investigate suspected crimes, arrest perpetrators and monitor sex offenders. Police officers have the power to take a child who is in danger into a place of safety, or to seek an order to restrict an offender’s contact with children. The police service also has a significant role working with other agencies to ensure the child’s protection and well-being, longer term. This inspection reviewed the progress made in Greater Manchester Police since the publication of HMIC’s Greater Manchester – National Child Protection Inspection in 2014. It is part of a rolling programme of inspections of all police forces in England and Wales.

Witness for the prosecution: identifying victim and witness vulnerability in criminal case files

In November 2015, HMIC published its review into the quality of criminal case files. It examined how effective the police are in providing accurate information of the circumstances of the case, identifying the vulnerability of victims and witnesses, and assessing and managing risks so the needs of witnesses and victims are met.

HMIC PEEL: Police Efficiency Inspection – October 2015

In October 2015, HMIC published its inspection into how well police forces understand the demand for the their service and how efficient they are in matching resources to that demand. Greater Manchester Police were found to be ‘good’ within the overall inspection, with HMIC recognising that we have a good understanding of the challenges we face. 
Tony has welcomed the report but in his response to the Home Secretary he highlights that the depth and breadth of cuts to local policing is making it increasingly more difficult to identify savings while keeping communities safe. 

15.09.15 – Response to Home Office police funding formula consultation

Tony has criticised the Government’s flawed consultation exercise about changes to how the Government allocates funding to the police service. The Home Office has repeatedly failed to provide information on how the proposals will impact  Greater Manchester and other forces across the country – despite numerous demands from police leaders and politicians. Based on the scant information they have provided, Greater Manchester could be facing up to a further £52m slashed from the policing budget – on top of the £275m already cut. Tony has branded the consultation process a shambles and called on it to be re-run. 

20.08.15 – Commissioner calls on Greater Manchester to shape stop and search

Following a re-inspection on stop and search, HMIC made a number of recommendations to GMP to improve how it records and carries outs stop and search encounters. While inspectors highlighted that GMP has made progress over the last two years there is still more that needs to be done. In particular HMIC raises concerns around the recording of stop and search which doesn’t allow the effectiveness of the power to be properly determined.  Inspectors were also encouraged that GMP is involving the community in assessing how they use stop and search, but also felt that more could be done to encourage and capture complaints.

24.03.15 – Commissioner committed to challenging GMP on use of stop and search

10.03.15 – the Welfare of Vulnerable People in Police Custody

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner agrees with a report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) that calls for an end to vulnerable children and adults being held in custody.  

HMIC Police Integrity and Corruption Inspection

In January 2015, HMIC published its findings on the arrangements all police forces in England and Wales have in place to make sure police act honestly and with integrity and their capability to act on complaints and information relating to misconduct and corruption.

HMIC Greater Manchester Child Protection Inspection

Published on 11 December 2014, the Greater Manchester – national child protection inspection report examined child protection in Great Manchester Police in July 2014 as part of a rolling programme of inspections of all police forces in England and Wales.

HMIC Crime Data Integrity Inspection

In November 2014, HMIC published its final report – Crime-recording: making the victim count – following an inspection of crime data integrity in all police forces in England and Wales. The report examined how police forces record crime and whether this is done appropriately and consistently, serving the best interests of victims of crime. 

Strategic Policing Requirement – HMIC inspection – force findings

In September 2013, HMIC inspected 18 forces as part of our three-year programme to examine the arrangements that forces have in place to meet the strategic policing requirement. In November 2014, HMIC published those reports.

Core Business: an inspection into crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time

HMIC Core Business Report – this report looks at three principal aspects of day-to-day policing: the prevention of crime; how crime is investigated and offenders are brought to justice; and freeing up and using police time more efficiently (which includes the use of modern technology).

HMIC report – Policing in Austerity: Meeting the Challenge

The efficiency and effectiveness of the police depend on forces having the resources they need to prevent crime, catch criminals and keep communities safe. When the 20 percent reduction to the central government funding grant was announced in October 2010, HMIC committed to inspecting the forces’ responses, and the effect this is having on the service they provide to the public.

Crime data integrity – HMIC 

HMIC has  undertaken a programme of work over a number of years to test aspects of whether crimes are being recorded by the police when they should be, and categorised correctly. Some of this work assessed accuracy in recording particular crimes, and some was concerned with particular aspects of the crime and incident reporting process. In May 2014, it published an interim report that identified ‘serious concerns’ about the crime recording process. To follow is Tony’s response, published June 2014:

Strategic Policing Requirement – HMIC inspection

In July 2012 the Home Office published the Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR). It sets out the threats that require a national policing capability to ensure they are tackled effectively. The threats include terrorism, civil emergencies, organised crime, threats to public order, and large-scale cyber incidents. All forces and police and crime commissioners must have regard to the SPR when setting their local policing plans. In April 2014, the HMIC published this inspection report: An inspection of the arrangements that police forces have in place to meet the Strategic Policing Requirement. This is Tony’s response to that inspection, published May 2014:

Policing and mental health

Written evidence submitted to the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into policing and mental health, published May 2014.

Police response to domestic violence and abuse

In response to the HMIC inspection on the police response to domestic violence, released in March 2014, Tony Lloyd wrote this response to the Home Secretary. Included with this letter, was an action plan put together by Greater Manchester Police in response to the inspection’s findings and evidence gatherered from victims.

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