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Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police provides policing services to the metropolitan area of Greater Manchester. The police force area covers 493 square miles in the north west of England. Although there are areas of great affluence, Greater Manchester has a high level of poverty. Around 2.7 million people live in an urban setting. This major conurbation includes Manchester and Salford, as well as the large surrounding towns. The residential population is ethnically diverse, with 16 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by very large numbers of university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, commute into, or travel through the region. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations and a major airport.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michael Cunningham is HMI for Greater Manchester
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s Northern region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Greater Manchester Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Greater Manchester Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Greater Manchester Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Greater Manchester Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Greater Manchester Police’s performance this year, including exceptional events and where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Greater Manchester

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.







Key facts

Force Area

493 square miles


2.73m people 8% local 10 yr change


79% frontline 78% national level
4.0 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
16% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)


57p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

Building a strong and safe community is everybody’s business. A well-trained and motivated police service is at the centre of this but a police force dedicated to solving problems can only do this in partnership with other public services and the wider community.

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In consultation with the public and partners across the local authority, criminal justice and health arenas and in recognition that we must deliver services differently to maintain services as resources reduce we have all agreed to work together to,

  • Drive down crime
  • Build and strengthen partnerships to reduce offending and reoffending collaboratively and meet the needs of victims
  • Tackle anti-social behaviour
  • Protect vulnerable people
  • Put victims at the centre
  • Deal effectively with terrorism, serious crime and organised criminality
  • Maintain public safety, deal with civil emergencies and emerging threats
  • Build confidence in policing services Protect the Police Service

Greater Manchester PCC

PCC-Tony-Lloyd-02-PCC-Greater-ManchesterTony Lloyd


Greater Manchester Police


Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, appointed in September 2015

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