GMP one of the worst performing forces in country

Date published: 11 March 2010

Greater Manchester Police is one of the worst performing forces in the country, a report today reveals.

It must improve on solving burglaries, dealing with violence and anti-social behaviour.

The report, published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), said while improvements were needed, the force has a strong track record in dealing with high level offences, including gun crime.

A police performance table ranking the 43 forces, puts GMP second worst along with Lincolnshire. Only Nottinghamshire faired worse.

Roger Baker, who led the HMIC’s inspection, said: “Greater Manchester Police recognises it must improve in a number of areas.

The Chief Constable has acknowledged that reducing offences together with improving the number of offences detected and improving the confidence people have in GMP to deal with crime and anti-social behaviour, are priorities for the force.”

The report, part of a national assessment carried out by the HMIC, is expected to be regularly updated to take account of changes in the force’s performance.

The HMIC website launches on Saturday aiming to give the public the most comprehensive overview of police performance ever.

Information will be available to view at www. Users will be able to compare the risks residents face in different areas and uncover how their force ranks.

GMP ranked “poor” for local crime and policing and for confidence and satisfaction. But it received “good” for protection from serious harm.

Denis O’Connor, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, said the website will be an uncomfortable read for some but “does also have much to celebrate.

He added: “We are providing the public with information about the risk they face from crime and antisocial behaviour where they live, how good their police are at tackling these risks and how much the police cost.

“It’s a one-stop-shop for most of the information the public wants.”

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