Date: Saturday 30 May 2015
Time: 10:00 – 12:00pm
Venue: The Visitor Centre, Manchester Cathedral
Focus: The future of policing
Greater Manchester’s public, voluntary and community sectors have dealt with millions of pounds of cuts since 2010 and budgets will continue to be slashed for the foreseeable future. Within the police service alone, £150m has been cut since 2010, and this year they have to find another £41m of savings. The cuts have resulted in organisations across the public, voluntary and community sector re-organising, reducing and in some cases disappearing, as well as thousands of staff redundancies. Police officer numbers have plummeted by more than 1,100 in the last five years.
But what effect have the cuts had on safety for individuals, families and neighbourhoods? And what can communities do to help ensure the safety of their own neighbourhoods?
In February the Police and Crime Commissioner held an event called ‘The impact of cuts on safer stronger neighbourhoods’ with local authorities, housing associations, emergency services and other agencies that have a stake in developing strong, safe and resilient communities. These organisations agreed that building safer neighbourhoods was the responsibility of us all, not just the police, and agencies need to work collaboratively and residents should be much closer involved.
The ‘Future of Policing’ event builds on this by working with some of Greater Manchester’s most active residents to ascertain how the Police and Crime Commissioner and Greater Manchester Police can support them so they can help their neighbourhoods to be safe and to feel safe. The event is set within the context that the police are being asked to deal with different, more complex issues, and the challenges of doing this with a dramatically reduced budget.
Find out what happened
- The future of policing – Report from the forum (pdf)
- Sir Peter Fahy and Chief Superintendent Hankinson’s presentations (ppt)
- Tony Lloyd and Claire Millett’s presentations (ppt)
- Read our live twitter coverage
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