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.