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Greater Manchester Police says HMIC report is "a fair assessment"

GMP faces a long haul back to becoming a strong performing force, according to its own officers.

Frank assessments from both senior leadership and frontline officers have concluded the force has significant issues to address and that it will need more money and time.

Both the force’s Federation Chair Lee Broadbent and Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods said the HMI assessment was fair.

PC Broadbent told Police Oracle: “We’re still inadequate, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s not with the frontline – it’s with the operational model that we’re working with.”

DCC Woods said in a statement the force had accepted the latest report.

He said: “We knew that there was, and still is, a significant amount of work to do to turn GMP around. I can assure the public, and the hard-working staff and officers at GMP, that we are as committed now as we were then to fixing these issues and that the plan we are pursuing at pace addresses each and every one of the areas raised in the report.”

Both the Fed and the Force said major changes had been made since assessment were carried out in September.

PC Broadbent said: “To be fair to the Chief Officer team, we’ve only had a snapshot of what the top team has been able to do since September and change takes time. We’re now starting to see some green shoots of hope.”

But he warned officers are at the point of burnout and there will be problems in months to come over progressing cases through the justice system.

Response teams are now targeting more Grade 2 call-outs to meet HMI targets.

The force revealed attendance at Grade 1 incidents has reduced from 21 minutes to an average of 17 minutes. Whilst this is still above the target of 15 minutes, five districts have reduced their response times below this.

Roads policing has been bolstered by an additional 60 new dedicated officers and a specialist operations unit is also set to boost response times.

The new unit will also reduce cancelled rest days and the force is set to invest £260K in wellbeing support.

But the Federation warned officers are carrying significant caseloads, often around 30 at any one time, that the system is unable to process due to the courts backlog – which they must update victims about as part of management.

The change to grading could also add to pressures.

“We’re building a problem today,” PC Broadbent warned. “The consequence is that we’re neglecting the demand that we’ve already got.”

He added more support for officers and staff was now crucial: “If you place value in the people who deliver the service that you want it will pay dividends. We don’t have that.”

But he added the leadership clearly understood officer retention was needed for the recovery plan.

That was reflected in the statement from DCC Woods who also made clear major improvement work would continue.

He said: “The next stages of the plan involve the more fundamental changes needed in all areas: a wholescale overhaul of our operating model involving call handing; response policing; neighbourhood policing; safeguarding; and public safety.”

DCC Woods added: “Of equal importance will be a renewed focus on supporting and developing our workforce because it is down to the hard work and dedication of our dedicated officers and staff that we are beginning to turn the tide.”

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