Last Monday, Chief Constable Stephen Watson launched GMP’s new neighbourhood policing model alongside the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Kate Green and Chief Superintendent Colette Rose at UA92 in Trafford.
The communities of Greater Manchester remain at the focus of the new neighbourhood policing model by taking a back-to-basics approach to traditional policing.
An additional 264 warranted police officers are to be posted to neighbourhood teams across Greater Manchester, this means there will be a much greater focus on officers and partner agencies working together to fight crime and solve local problems.
Throughout the week, officers have been deployed to focus on the issues being raised by communities, targeting acquisitive crime, traffic offences and the supply of drugs.
In Oldham, officers acted on intelligence from their communities that a vehicle ‘chop shop’ was in operation. Oldham Neighbourhood officers alongside our Tactical Vehicle Interceptor Unit intercepted the garage which was suspected to be involved in a number of high value vehicle thefts across the force. One man was arrested on suspicion of theft of motor vehicles and was bailed pending further investigation and a number of vehicle parts seized.
Over in Bolton, a proactive patrol conducted by Neighbourhood officers saw one man arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article in a burglary hotspot whilst carrying a large kitchen knife.
Rochdale made a total of 39 arrests on Tuesday with Operation AVRO, which had a specific neighbourhood focus. Operation AVRO, which was embedded in the week of action, specifically focussed on preventing, tackling and solving neighbourhood offences throughout the district alongside key partner agencies.
In collaboration with Derbyshire Police, Tameside’s Neighbourhood Crime team and Neighbourhood Policing Team conducted a warrant at a business premises in Dukinfield. two men were arrested, and a number of stolen items and suspected stolen items were seized. The men were interviewed which resulted in one of the men being charged with six offences of Burglary and the other man bailed for further enquiries.
In Trafford, officers operated proactive activity to target knife crime on Metrolink in Trafford after robbery issues were reported to us in the area. Officers patrolled the Metrolink line providing visible reassurance along Pomona to the Trafford Centre giving crime prevention advice out to those travelling.
Chief Superintendent Colette Rose, lead for GMP’s Neighbourhood Policing said: “The purpose of the activity shown last week was to have an increased police presence across the force to provide reassurance to the community and make sure the streets of Greater Manchester are a safe place to live and work – and we have done just that.
“Activity conducted throughout the force last week is reflective of what the public will be seeing in their neighbourhoods more regularly, and this is just the start – we will continue this momentum to ensure that neighbourhood officers are placed where you need them most in your community to prevent, tackle and solve neighbourhood crime.
“We encourage you to get to know your neighbourhood teams – these officers are at the heart of your communities and are relentless in the pursuit of criminals to keep you and your neighbourhood safe.
“GMP is here for the communities it serves and to give the public to confidence to come to us with issues in their neighbourhoods, we are able to act on these concerns to predict and prevent crime in your area.
“I would like to reassure residents across Greater Manchester that this is not just a week of intensified action, this level of activity will be a regular occurrence.
“We had neighbourhood officers throughout the week out and about, speaking to members of the public and responding to their concerns.
“But this is just one example of the things we are doing to fight, prevent and reduce crime.
“We want to make people who live and work in our communities feel safer and, as we are spending more time listening to them, we know the things that matter most.
“I’d like to reassure the communities of Manchester that we will listen to their concerns and act on them – anyone with any information or concerns can get in touch with local officers on GMP’s website.”
Neighbourhood policing activity highlights of the week across Greater Manchester:
Keep an eye out on our news page of gmp.police.uk to find out the results and activity from the week of action in your neighbourhood.
GMP’s neighbourhood launch week of action comes to a close – but you haven’t seen the best of us yet. We continue to be highly visible in your community and tackle the issues that mean the most to you and your neighbourhood.
As part of the new Neighbourhood Policing Model, a new alert system has been launched which allows residents to sign up to for information regarding issues in their local area, on-going incidents as well as accessing a range of crime prevention advice too, 24 hours a day.
BeeInTheLoop is your direct line to your neighbourhood policing team and will keep you in the loop about what is happening on your street and in your local community.
Sign up now to receive free text or email alerts – www.beeintheloop.co.uk