Chief Constable Ian Hopkins also met with David Teasdale, the manager of Limelight, and Deborah Elgar from CleanStart to explain how the Citizens’ Contract will improve policing.
The contract, built around the idea of communities working together to help combat crime, was created following police cuts which have seen the number of officers reduced by 20 per cent.
Mr Hopkins said: “We’re doing all we can with less resources and increased demand, but we need help. We have lost a quarter of our officers over the past few years and this, coupled with the changing nature and seriousness of crime means that we have to work together, now more than ever.”
“We’ve spent the last few months listening to people across Greater Manchester and within our organisation, getting to the heart of what they expect from us and what they think they can do to support policing.
He added that the contract explains to the public how to contact police in the right way, share information and intelligence with them and work together with their neighbours to create better places to live.
Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Bev Hughes is also backing the new scheme. She said: “In the face of shrinking resources and increasingly complex crime, Greater Manchester Police officers and staff remain committed to keeping us safe.
“However, the reality is that the police cannot attend every incident and we need to have an honest, albeit difficult, conversation with the public.
“Through the principles laid out in the Citizens’ Contract, the police and public can help each other to ensure the best use of police resources, working together to protect the most vulnerable and build safer, more resilient communities.”
Larry Gold, Deputy CEO of Trafford Housing Trust, added that the contract would provide ‘a new way forward’ for Greater Manchester Police to work with our communities as they face the challenge of significant cuts in officer numbers.
He said: “We fully support the work GM Police have done working with Trafford Housing Trust and our residents and wider communities to understand the needs of local people.
“We welcome this initiative to build stronger communities and to help residents to bond together to keep themselves safe and will continue to work with GM Police to tackle anti-social behaviour, so our communities are safe and positive places to live and work.”
You can read the Citizens’ Contract and view the video at www.gmp.police.uk/citizenscontract
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