Manchester City Council

Reducing Crime

Today I'm with colleagues from Tameside and Rochdale scrutinising the funding for Greater Manchester Police and how to cut crime and the fear of crime.

There's no question that policing has got better over the years, but there are still many improvements needed. Manchester's three divisional commanders are very good at raising awareness of police issues, and the council has very good relationships with them. But we would never be complacent and it's important we keep building relationships with GMP and with all our communities who want and need to feel safer in their own environments.

Here at Manchester City Council, we've welcomed the PCSOs - the bobbies on the streets and I know they are very popular in communities.  Obviously we'd all prefer to have full-on fully-qualified constables patrolling every neighbourhood 24 hours a day, but there are always difficult funding decisions to be made. GMP are now ready to listen when we put forward arguments about policing the city, and now we are working closely with them and the Home Office on the issues of gun crime. I know this is something most of us never come across but nevertheless it has no place in a civilised society and must be eradicated.

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