Police Minister Damian Green has visited Greater Manchester Police to see the force’s chief constable and newly elected police and crime commissioner sign a public contract outlining their responsibilities.
The contract explains how chief constable Sir Peter Fahy and police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd will work independently and together to protect community safety and boost public confidence.
Police and crime commissioner
The minister also met with frontline officers to discuss their roles and the government’s reforms to policing.
Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice Damian Green said:’This is an excellent example of how chief constables and PCCs are working together for the benefit of the people they serve.
‘All over the country we are seeing how forces have risen to the challenge of finding savings while protecting the front line and continuing to cut crime.
‘And with directly elected PCCs in place I am sure we will see a raft of new innovations which will build on what is already the best police in the world.’
Crime in Greater Manchester fell by 10 per cent between June 2011 and June 2012 and by six per cent across the country.
On Wednesday 12 December the force began rolling out a new stop and search procedure which will see officers recording encounters via their radios rather than filling out forms.
The changes save officers’ time and mean information is more immediately available and can be better monitored and scrutinised.