A new website from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary will give people a balanced view of how police perform, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner says.
HMIC has today published a ‘state of policing’ assessment which grades Greater Manchester Police on their ability to tackle crime, the efficiency of operation and on integrity issues as well as their public reputation.
Tony Lloyd said:
“This is a welcome and useful new tool which gives the public a balanced and straightforward overview of how our police are performing. Not only does it add further transparency to policing, it also helps me in my role of holding Greater Manchester Police to account.”
The report highlights a number of areas where GMP is performing well, including tackling crime and anti social behaviour, working with partners and identifying those who are at the greatest risk of harm.
But there are areas where police need to improve, including crime recording and training for officers and staff.
“GMP police officers and staff are dedicated to making the streets of Greater Manchester safer, and it’s good that their hard work has been recognised by HMIC. However, there are areas where improvement is needed the public would expect me to work with the Chief Constable to ensure those improvements are made.
“HMIC highlight the improvements made by GMP in their response to domestic abuse since a critical inspection earlier in the year. Improvements have been made as both the Chief Constable and I worked with officers and staff to develop a detailed action plan which we receive regular updates against. This approach has been proven to work and it is one we will replicate.”
HMIC also rate GMP as good for managing cuts to the policing budget.
But Tony added: “It is good that HMIC recognise the hard work that has been done to deal with the budget cuts, but as I’ve said before we have real concerns about the policing budget. HMIC are concerned about the ‘gradual erosion’ of neighbourhood policing and I’m concerned too, crime is already on the increase and if these cuts continue there won’t be enough money left to maintain the neighbourhood policing model which allows GMP to provide the good response to crime and anti social behaviour our communities receive today.”