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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 2.8 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): Zoe Billingham is HMI for Greater Manchester
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Northern region

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HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this force

HMICFRS 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.




Key facts – 2018/19

Force Area

493 square miles


2.81m people
up7% local 10 yr change


89% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.77 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down19% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.10 per person
0.08 national level
up67% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend


57p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Greater Manchester PCC

Baroness Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime and Fire.

Greater Manchester Police

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, appointed in September 2015

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