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Watch: GM Mayor sets out vision for local policing

Greater Manchester’s Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a film setting out the vision for policing and community safety over the next year.

Speaking directly to local people, Tony Lloyd encourages communities to play their part in bringing his refreshed Police and Crime Plan to life.

The Police and Crime Plan sets out six priorities for policing, providing a framework for how Greater Manchester Police will work with local councils, health and other agencies, and local people, to make Greater Manchester safer and stronger.

“Working together with communities to protect the vulnerable, tackle crime, and make sure victims are at the centre of everything we do is the only way to build the safest communities in Britain,” says Tony.

“The Police and Crime Plan sets out what needs to be done to achieve this – it’s about action, not words. And it’s not just something I’ve dreamt up, it’s a result of going around Greater Manchester listening to your concern and hearing what you believe will make our communities safer. This plan belongs to all of us and we all have a part to play in making the vision a reality.”

In May 2017, the powers of the Police and Crime Commissioner will be merged with those of the newly elected mayor.

Tony adds: “Now is an exciting time for Greater Manchester as we take power back from Whitehall and put it into the hands of local people. Merging the role of the PCC with that of the new mayor will ensure that GMP, and others who deliver our community safety and justice services, are working with all our public services to get the best results for local people. It’s an ambitious plan but one we are committed and capable of achieving – putting the people of Greater Manchester at its heart.”

The revised plan sets out six objectives for policing and community safety:
• Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour
• Putting victims at the centre
• Protecting vulnerable people
• Dealing with terrorism, serious organised crime and maintaining public safety
• Investing in and delivering high quality policing services
• Building and strengthening partnerships

It builds on four years of transformation of policing services and bringing partner agencies together to tackle complex issues such as child sexual exploitation, modern slavery and supporting people suffering mental health crises.

The refreshed plan was endorsed by the Police and Crime Panel yesterday (Friday 29 April).

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