UK Scathing inspectorate report has left GMP cops 'hurting' last minute news
MetiNews.Com - Rank-and-file cops deal with 'some of the most horrific things society can throw at you' and bosses 'are committed to making the changes that are required to make the difference that's needed'
Breaking News ! A top cop in charge of turning round crisis-hit GMP has admitted rank-file officers are 'hurting' but he has vowed to do all he can 'to make the difference that's needed'. Deputy Chief Constable Mabs Hussain spoke to the M.E.N. after announcing a raft of changes in how the force is being run to address scathing criticisms from the government's police inspectorate in December which effectively plunged the force into 'special measures' and cost Ian Hopkins his job as Chief Constable. The official watchdog slammed delayed, dropped and badly-planned investigations and estimated 80,000 crimes had not been properly recorded in a year. In the four months since the report was published an internal review of the 150,283 incidents between December and March showed 6,155 offences had not been recorded when they should have been. They have now been recorded as crimes on GMP systems. Many concern incidents where one crime was recorded but other offences were also uncovered and should also have been recorded. So far 6,000 police officers and staff have received half-day virtual desktop refresher training themed 'think victim' to address a lack of experience among many frontline cops - a recent recruitment drive means half of them have less than two years in the job. More crimes which weren't recorded properly by GMP have been found (Image: Manchester Evening News) GMP bosses believe the training is yielding results. About 500 'missed' crimes per week were being identified in January. It's now 300 per week. Of the 15,541 incidents reported to GMP during three weeks in March last year, just 75 per cent ended in crime reports. During three weeks last month, some 98 per cent of the 15,563 incidents resulted in crimes being recorded, according to GMP. Today (Thursday) Deputy Chief Constable Mabs Hussain unveiled a raft of changes in how GMP operates, including new 'Centralised Crime Recording Unit' to ensure crimes are recorded properly. This follows a model adopted by other forces and effectively removes a significant crime-recording burden from frontline officers when they are dispatched to less urgent calls. Read More Related Articles Greater Manchester Police find another 6,155 'missing' crimes - as top cop makes pledge to get it sorted Read More Related Articles Struggling GMP drafts neighbourhood cops to help respond to 999 calls Some 70 police officers across all ten GMP divisions have also been tasked with checking crimes have been recorded properly. The force has also piloted a 'Prisoner Processing Unit' in its city centre division which is to be rolled out across all areas. Officers in these units will 'own' an investigation from the moment of arrest through to court whilst providing victims of crime regular updates. The force is also recruiting more than 100 'investigators' into another new unit, the Crime Investigation Team, who will take witness statements and gather evidence, freeing up frontline officers.
.E.N. as he unveiled the new changes.
DCC Mabs Hussain.
(Image: Colin Horne - Manchester Evening News)
Bosses at GMP, he admitted, needed to do far more to help rank-and-file officers who were 'hurting'. He said: "It was incredibly hard to read that, especially for our officers and staff coming in on a weekly and daily basis. It was really demotivating for them but we are committed to making the changes that are required to make the difference that's needed." He went on: "A lot of officers and staff have been hurting. They do a fantastic job on a weekly and daily basis, dealing with people with guns and knives and dealing with some of the most horrific things society can throw at you like murders and deaths. They do it all with dignity and grace. They need our support and our leadership, and they need public support." GMP has given refresher training to 6,000 police officers and staff to ensure cops put victims first as well as record and investigate crimes properly - with a further squad of 70 checkers. A scathing report by the government's police inspectorate published in December - which cost Ian Hopkins his job as chief constable - estimated that the force had failed to properly record 80,000 crimes in one year, including one in four violent crimes.
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It also slammed delayed, dropped and badly-planned investigations as well as expressing concerns about GMP's approach to domestic violence and child protection. The force was effectively put in 'special measures', with Home Secretary Priti Patel describing the crisis at GMP as 'appalling' and announcing a 'recovery plan'. GMP's in-coming chief constable Stephen Watson, currently at the helm of South Yorkshire Police, is due to start his new job at the end of May. It is believed he has endorsed the changes announced today. He has already hinted he may be forced to axe GMP's disastrous £27m IT system which was installed in July 2019, some 19 months behind schedule. It has been plagued with problems and has seen GMP absent from a succession of national crime statistics bulletins.
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