Manchester City Council

A Better Place

Sorry I haven't posted for a while but I have been suffering from a form of writer's block. I've wanted to write about the tragic deaths of Police Constables Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes but have struggled to find a way of not just expressing the sympathy we all feel for their family, friends and colleagues, of expressing my horror at the viciousness of how they were killed, but also saying something about the contribution they have made. I didn't know either of these two brave officers, but have read about two young women full of energy, full of hope for the future, committed to helping to make Greater Manchester a better place to live for all of us. It was a headline in today's Evening News, " They did not die in vain ", that made me think of a way of recognising that contribution.

Every year the City Council publishes an Annual State of the City report. This year, following the publication of the 2011 census, Council officers are preparing a State of the City report ten years on, comparing Manchester today with the city as it was in 2001 and the report will be published later in the year. The report is still in draft but there will be a section in about making communities safer. The figures are quite remarkable. Between 2002/3 and 2010/11 serious acquisitive crime in Manchester fell by 70%. Between 2001 and 2011 all victim-based crime fell by a third. Over the same period the annual rate of violent crime fell from 21.4 incidents for each thousand population to 16.7 incidents per thousand. Of course this is not all down to better policing, but is irrefutable evidence that over the past decade, Greater Manchester Police working with Councils and communities have made our city a safer place and a better people. That's what Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes spent their working lives doing, what they were doing the day they died and the evidence shows it is something they and their colleagues were doing increasingly successfully. They will be remembered in many ways, but one of the ways we can all remember them is by ensuring that in another ten years Manchester is an even safer place still.

There are 2 responses to “ A Better Place”

  1. Cities Says:

    Perhaps the reduction in reported crime owes more to the 'code if silence' that threatens us all. People who could speak out, but don't, about extortion and other threats have no confidence in the ability of agencies to protect them. Arming the police does little other than further glorify weapons amongst youn males and those who 'protect them'. Although a tragedy that thest two women officers were killed, addressing organised crime and community threat in a more open (including by police) way would be a more fitting tribute to them.

  2. dave Says:

    maybe the reason that reported crime is down is because people just think its a waste of time reporting to GMP. A friend of mine spotted a person on someones house close to his home at 3am (he was woken by the noise) he phoned GMP and they asked him was he doing something criminal.
    Its the leftover from the tick box new labour ideas maybe we should all become 'one nation'



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