It has always been one of our most important priorities to keep people in Greater Manchester safe and we could not have done it without your help, as local taxpayers.
One of our first challenges has been to reverse the years of Government cuts to frontline policing by recruiting more officers both to fight crime and, through greater visibility on our streets, to deter and prevent crime. Under our leadership, there are now 992 more police officers in Greater Manchester Police (GMP) than there were in 2017 and numbers will increase again this year.
However, while recruiting almost 1,000 more police officers is a significant achievement – thanks to your support- it has not reversed the scale of the cuts we have faced. Between 2011-19, the Government cut the grant they provide to Greater Manchester Police in real terms by £215 million, which has resulted in 2,000 fewer police officers, 1,000 fewer support staff and devastating cuts to other essential resources.
Funding for the police comes both directly from a central Government grant (75%) and from the police precept (25%). The Greater Manchester police precept, which funds GMP, is one of the lowest in the country, but it also means we are heavily reliant on Government funding to help keep our communities safe.
The Police precept consultation went live yesterday and is open until the 27th January 2022.