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Greater Manchester Police

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Andy Cooke is HMI for Greater Manchester.

This force is in the Northern HMICFRS policing region.

Our PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessments give you information about how your local police force has performed in several important areas.

In our latest assessment of Greater Manchester Police, we made the following judgments:

the extent to which the force is effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe requires improvement.

the extent to which the force operates efficiently and sustainably requires improvement.

the extent to which the force treats the public and its workforce legitimately is good.

Read the full report for Greater Manchester Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

493 square miles


2.84m people
up7% local 10 yr change


90% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.86 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down17% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.00 per person
0.07 national level


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

These are the latest key facts about Greater Manchester Police.

About the force

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.

What the force says

Connect with Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police website

Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner’s website