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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.

Police and Crime Commissioner’s Chief Executive Russell Bernstein to retire

Russell Bernstein

The Chief Executive at the office of the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner is to retire.

Russell Bernstein has had a distinguished career in both local government and at the former Greater Manchester Police Authority.

Paying tribute to Russell, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said:

“Russell Bernstein has made an outstanding contribution to policing over the years, both at the former Police Authority and here. He was instrumental in ensuring a smooth transition from the previous regime to the current arrangements.

“I wish him all the very best for the future. Even though he is retiring, Russell and I will continue to work together in the coming weeks to ensure the services to the people of Greater Manchester are not affected.” Tony Lloyd

Russell Bernstein said: “It has been a privilege to serve the people of Greater Manchester over the past 37 years and I welcome the opportunity to start the next chapter of my life.

“I would echo Tony’s words by saying that I am looking forward to working together with him in the coming weeks as we continue to serve the people of Greater Manchester.”

Russell, 55, began his career in human resources at Trafford Council in 1977, before moving to Salford Council where he worked from 1989 to 2007.

It was in 1996, while working at Salford Council, where his association with policing began, when he began to provide strategic support to the former Greater Manchester Police Authority. At the time Salford Council was the lead authority for policing. He moved permanently to the Police Authority in 2007.

Russell was responsible for the transition from the Police Authority to the new arrangements, and took up his role as Chief Executive at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester in November 2012.

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