Greater Manchester’s Chief Constable will be quizzed on his vision for local policing at a public hearing later this month.
At the hearing Sir Peter Fahy will outline his plans and ambitions for Greater Manchester Police for the next three years, including the impact of the budget cuts and how the Force needs to adapt, working with partner agencies in different and more effective ways, and involving the public more to build safer communities. He will then be questioned by a panel of experts, including Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, Rochdale Council Leader Cllr Colin Lambert, Granada Reports presenter Tony Morris, Manchester Evening News crime reporter John Scheerhout and a community representative.
It follows the announcement in July that the Commissioner has extended the Chief Constable’s contract for a further three years.
Tony said: “Sir Peter shares the same values as me when it comes to building safer communities and he has shown strong leadership, steering Greater Manchester Police through some difficult times. That’s why I’ve extended his contract because I am confident we can work together to drive forward the community safety agenda for the benefit of local people.
“This hearing is an opportunity for Sir Peter to put forward not just to me – but to the public – how he plans on meeting the challenges ahead, what his ideas and ambitions are for local policing and our communities, and – importantly – how he envisages turning his vision into reality.
“I’m pleased that I will be joined by Cllr Colin Lambert, the regional media and a community representative, to put questions to the Chief Constable. Each brings their own experiences and insight into life in Greater Manchester, the issues and concerns of local people and what they expect from their police force. I’m sure they will challenge Sir Peter on his vision and I look forward to a lively and insightful session.”
The hearing will be held at GMP’s headquarters at Central Park, Newton Heath, at 12.30pm on Thursday 26 September. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
A similar format to the select committee process held in parliament this is the second in a new series of public forums launched by Tony last month, as part of his promise to hold the police to account. Each forum will focus on a particular topic of public interest, allowing for an in-depth look at issues that matter to Greater Manchester people.
Please note, while this is a public meeting, due to time constraints and the format of the forum, the aim of which is to allow Tony to hold the police and other agencies to account, members of the public will not have the opportunity to ask questions.