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Autumn 2011

Public quiz police bosses Hundreds of people have taken the opportunity to grill those in charge of policing in Greater Manchester. Throughout the summer, GMPA, in partnership with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), hosted twelve Policing Today, Policing Tomorrow events across the region to give the public the chance to have their say and discuss the issues that matter to them.

Chairman of GMPA, Cllr Paul Murphy, and Chief Constable Peter Fahy visited each borough to talk to the public, at meetings attended by local residents, local councillors, businesses and community groups, about the challenges facing the police in the future and answered many questions from the floor. Much of the questioning was about the cuts and how police are going to continue to reduce crime with fewer staff and assurances have been given that GMP is committed to making sure officers are deployed on the frontline. There has also been huge support for the work PCSOs do in the community and reassurances have been given that their roles will be secure until at least March 2013. You can replay the questions and answers from each meeting online at

GMPA Chair, Cllr Paul Murphy answers the public’s questions in Tameside

Many residents also raised concerns about the loss of the GMP’s Divisional Home Watch Coordinators. In response, residents have been assured that support for Home Watch schemes will continue as these schemes are viewed as a key part of neighbourhood policing. There are proposals to create administration assistant posts for every neighbourhood policing team. Not only will this help maintain contact with Home Watch members, but they will also carry out other administration tasks so that officers and PCSOs can spend less time at their desks and more time out on patrol.

Cllr Paul Murphy said: “We’ve had a very positive response to these meetings and have obtained a great deal of useful information about people’s views on what matters most to them about policing. “On behalf of the police authority I would like to thank everyone who attended the meetings and for the contributions and ideas provided. Please be assured that we will continue to listen to your views to ensure that we provide a quality, effective police service that meets the needs of all our communities.” If you didn’t get a chance to come along to a Policing Today, Policing Tomorrow meeting, there are plenty of other ways to have your say. Visit to find out how to get involved.

Message from the Vice Chair 2011 has been a busy year so far for Greater Manchester Police Authority’s (GMPA) Engagement Team and the ‘Get My Point Across’ consultation roadshow.

In addition to GMPA organising our own consultation events, we have been contacted by many organisations, community groups, colleges, schools and partners asking to be involved in having their say in a way that suits their needs. We have been inundated with people wanting to share their opinions and learn more about GMPA’s role in ensuring GMP deliver an effective and efficient police service.

The consultation is all about capturing public views on policing and using these to inform our decision Christine McGawley JP (GMPA Vice Chair) making. This helps the Police Authority ensure that the police service delivered by the Force reflects the views of communities across Greater Manchester.

It has been a pleasure to watch so many people taking time out to visit GMPA during our 2011 ‘Get My Point Across’ roadshow, and we hope you have found it informative. The findings of this campaign will be reviewed and fed into the 12 GMP divisions and will also inform the 2012-13 Policing Plan priorities. A snippet of what you, the public, have said is shown in the graph below.

Your opinions are valuable to us and I am sure this newsletter will provide you with more information on how we create opportunities for the public to engage and to have your voice heard.

We would like to thank GMP for their ongoing support and assistance throughout the campaign and more importantly, we would like to thank the members of the public that have joined us to get their point across.

The roadmap for the campaign has seen the team visit Stockport, Salford, Trafford, Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham and Tameside and preparation is underway to continue through Rochdale and Wigan. We have attended a number of events including Manchester’s Caribbean Carnival, jobs fairs in Trafford, a Participatory Budgeting event in Stockport and several supermarkets. We’ve also worked alongside Greater Manchester Police (GMP) while they have been hosting ‘safer plate’ events (the fitting of tamper-proof screws to car number plates).

All results - Priority Responses

So what does 2012 mean for you and your community? Having your say helps us to meet our obligations, to help you, the public. So, just to remind you, if you have not yet registered for the ‘Get My Point Across’ consultation campaign, you can find details of the upcoming events and complete an online questionnaire at Christine McGawley JP GMPA Vice Chair

High Priority

Targeting drug dealers

Medium Priority


Working with schools



155 370




518 1224


$Making better use of money and staff




Keeping victims informed










570 2166


328 1554





More officers in the community

!Detecting and arresting offenders

1373 4539

Protecting witnesses




Reducing paperwork

78 117

560 2251

Tackling anti-social behaviour

Focusing on burglary

420 574

4334 1835

Responding to emergency calls

Focusing on vehicle crime



!Tackling domestic and child abuse

Improving road safety



Tackling violent crime

!Providing crime prevention advice



&Tackling organised crime and terrorism Tackling community problems

Low Priority

131 577


Public have their say on equality and policing GMPA has been consulting with the community to help shape equality and policing across the region.

GMPA Vice Chair, Christine McGawley JP, gets the event underway

The Police Authority and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) hosted an event on Tuesday 26 July at the Hough End Centre in Chorlton to give the public the chance to have a say on the Force’s equality objectives for 2012 to 2016.

The event was open to everyone from diverse community groups affected by equality issues, such as age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or religious beliefs. Majid Hussain, Chair of the Confidence and Equalities Sub Committee and GMPA’s Lead Member for equality, diversity and human rights issues, said: “This event was a chance for people to share their views, ideas and share any concerns they have about equality issues and policing in Greater Manchester and help set GMP’s equality objectives for the next four years. “It’s important to gather the views from a cross-section of our communities so we can make sure that the proposed objectives are representative of and match the needs of those communities most affected by them.” Attendees were asked to discuss and comment on each objective and indicate whether they felt they were clear, appropriate and relevant. After several hours of interesting discussion and debate, the event was brought to a close with an explanation of how the information will be used and what the next steps will be. In light of this event and the views expressed by delegates, we will now be carrying out additional consultation by targeting groups that were underrepresented on the day. These include women, the trans community, faith communities and both young and older people. GMP and GMPA will then review the findings from all the engagement events and a report will be produced providing recommendations for GMPA’s Confidence and Equalities Sub-Committee, before the objectives are confirmed in early 2012.

Discussions at Hough End consultation event

If you are a member of any of the above groups and would like to get involved in the additional consultation sessions, please contact the Engagement Team on 0161 793 2507.

Cllr Paul Murphy and Chief Constable Peter Fahy launch the Budget Simulator

How would you spend the police budget? Students in Tameside are the first to have their say on how to spend Greater Manchester’s police budget. Greater Manchester Police Authority (GMPA) went along to the Fresher’s Fair at Hyde Clarendon College on Thursday 29 September to launch the Budget Simulator website – The 16-18 year olds took part in the online tool which challenges people to create a budget for 2012/2013 by deciding how much money should be allocated to different policing departments while ensuring the total budget remains balanced. Now, GMPA are calling on all local people to go online and tell them how they think the police budget should be spent – and be in with a chance of winning £100 of Trafford Centre vouchers. The feedback people give will be considered by GMPA Members when they decide next year’s police budget in February 2012.

Greater Mancheste r Police Authority in partnership with the Indian Associatio n invite all faiths to...

Come and celebrate Diwali GMPA and the Indian Association Manchester invite people of all faiths to an evening of culture to celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights).

The celebration will take place on Friday 11th November 2011 at Gandhi Hall, Brunswick Road, Withington between 7.00pm - 10.00pm.

During the evening you will be entertained with music, dance and authentic Indian cuisine whilst learning about the significance of the festival within the multi-faith calendar.

If you would like to book a place please visit but please be advised that free places are limited.

Come and Celebrate

D I WA L I Festival of Lights










Help shape future access Engagement Team goes back to school to the police service Hundreds of people across Greater Manchester have gone online to have their say on the future of policing. Greater Manchester Police Authority (GMPA) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) launched the website – – at the beginning of August to give the public to chance to help shape the future access to police services.

Pupils at Fairfield High School for Girls learn about CSI techniques

Tameside pupils are the latest to get involved in a new approach to consulting with young people. Pupils from Fairfield High School for Girls, join seven other secondary schools who have so far taken part in a threeyear longitudinal study to find out how young people’s views on policing are shaped and influenced over time. All students attend three interactive workshops which includes a consultation session to find out their views on anti social behaviour and policing priorities. Pupils also get the chance to quiz their local neighbourhood policing officer and take part in a session run by a specialist branch of GMP. Miss Woodhouse, a teacher at the school, said: “The girl s really enjoyed themselves. In fact, they said they can’t wait for next year!” Rick Whitehead, Engagement Officer, adds: “These events are about encouraging young people to get involved in an honest debate about policing and allow their voices to be heard. So far we’ve had really positive feedback from everyone involved. “This is an innovative approach to consulting with young people and by the end of the year we will have engaged with over two thousand 11-13 year olds from ten Greater Manchester high schools.”

Visitors to the website can find out more about proposals to modernise public contact with GMP and put forward suggestions about how they would like to contact the police in the future. Cllr Paul Murphy, GMPA Chairman, said: “It is essential that we modernise the way the Force works in order to make best use of the resources we have available and focus them in the most effective and efficient way. “This is the public’s chance to help shape the future of their police service and I want to assure our communities that we will continue to listen to their views as we shape the future delivery of policing in Greater Manchester.” Visit to have your say.

Stop and search recording takes to the airwaves in Bolton Greater Manchester Police has launched a pilot of the new stop and search recording procedure in Bolton – and GMPA wants to know what the public think. As part of the six week pilot, which started on Monday 12 September, officers in Bolton will no longer fill out a long form and will instead record a stop and search encounter via their radio.

It’s the final whistle for footie survey Congratulations to local resident Victoria Stiles who recently won the chance to cheer on England at Wembley. Victoria was one of hundreds of football fans who shared their views on the policing of football matches across Greater Manchester by completing our online survey. The added incentive was the chance of winning two tickets to the England v Wales Euro 2012 Qualifier which took place at Wembley on Tuesday 6 September 2011 - and Victoria was our lucky winner. Asking football fans about the policing of matches was one of the recommendations of GMPA’s award-winning scrutiny review of how GMP polices major events. GMPA will now share the results of the survey with GMP to help improve the policing of football in the future. Thanks to everyone who got involved.

GMPA wants to make sure residents and visitors to Bolton are aware of the changes and that they know their rights and what will be expected of them if they are stopped. The Police Authority also wants to know what people think about the changes and have launched a survey to coincide with the pilot. Members of the public who are stopped in Bolton have until the end of October to go online at to give their feedback. “The Police Authority has been consulting with community groups to make them aware of the changes and find out what they think,” says Majid Hussain, Chair of the Confidence and Equalities Sub Committee and GMPA’s Lead Member for equality, diversity and human rights issues. “We will continue to consult with these groups and this feedback, along with the outcome of the Bolton pilot and survey results, will allow us to gauge the impact of the changes before the new recording procedure is rolled out across Greater Manchester.” To find out more about police stops in Greater Manchester go to www. where you can also download a handy guide.

GMPA recently launched an Update Report for the major events policing scrutiny review Published in memory of Gloria Oates OBE DL, who was Chair of the Scrutiny Commission and Vice Chair of the Police Authority, the report outlines the progress of key recommendations around a number of themes including planning and tactics, training and guidance, human rights and civil liberties and community engagement. A copy of the Update Report is available at

POLICING WITH PRIDE GMPA and GMP were out in force over the August bank holiday weekend to show their support for the Manchester Pride Big Weekend 2011. Chairman of the Police Authority, Cllr Paul Murphy, and Chief Constable Peter Fahy joined officers and staff for the parade. Then it was all hands on deck for the Engagement Team for the remainder of the weekend to find out the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community’s views on policing. Uzma Alam, Engagement Manager, said: “Speaking to the public about what they think about local policing and where they think Greater Manchester Police (GMP) should focus resources is an important part of what we do as a Police Authority. It’s vital that we hear the views of as many people as possible, across Greater Manchester, so that we can ensure GMP is providing an effective, efficient police service to each of our many diverse communities.

GMPA Chair and Chief Constable join in the celebrations

“Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit our Expo stall and complete our survey. Your views will be taken into account when we make important decisions about the budget and the future of policing – decisions that impact on all our communities.”

EVENTS CALENDAR Just a handful of dates when we’ll be out and about across Greater Manchester. Come and say hello and tell us your views on policing… Working Together Stakeholder Event Wednesday 2 November, 9am-3.30pm Memory Lane Function and Banqueting Hall, Gilnow Lane, Bolton, BL3 5EL Network Event Thursday 3 November, 10.30am-3.30pm Halliwell Free Church School Hall, Halliwell Road, Bolton, BL1 8DE GM Multi-Faith Network Annual Conference Thursday 17 November, 9am-4pm Jain Centre, Stockport Road, Longsight Landlord Christmas Forum Tuesday 29 November, 5.30pm-9pm Buile Hill Park Hall, Eccles Old Road, Eccles, M6 8GL

CONTACT US For general enquiries contact: Greater Manchester Police Authority, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 5DA Telephone: 0161 793 3127 Fax: 0161 793 2019 Email:

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