Statement from Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd in response to the HMIC Legitimacy report:
“Ethics, integrity and treating people fairly are at the heart of good policing so I’m glad that HMIC have judged GMP to be overall ‘good’ in this area.
“As the report highlights, while there have been improvements in GMP’s culture, for example moving from a targets-driven organisation to one which focuses more how to provide a better service to the public, there is more to be done to ensure all staff are treated fairly and are given a voice in the organisation.
“Stop and search is an area I continue to work with GMP to improve, to make sure it is being used fairly and proportionately. It’s welcoming that inspectors have recognised that this work is having a positive impact. Local people can help me continue to effectively challenge GMP in this area by sharing their stop and search experiences with me via my web app – www.gmpcc.org.uk/stopandsearch.
“The Independent Police Ethics Committee, which I set up 18 months ago, looks at complex moral, ethical and integrity issues surrounding modern policing, such as stop and search and use of Tasers, and I will share this report with them so we continue to drive up standards.
“I will also work with the Chief Constable to carry on driving forward changes and welcome dialogue with the HMIC to see how we can work together to implement the improvements they’ve highlighted.”