Fedster + 1,307 Posted December 18, 2020 Share Posted December 18, 2020 Greater Manchester Police have been put into special measures after inspectors revealed the force had failed to record 80,000 crimes. Date - 18th December 2020 By - Chris Smith HM Inspectorate has escalated the force to national oversight after reviewing its response to a critical report that concluded the force is failing vulnerable people. Leadership will effectively be taken over by the Home Office, National Police Chiefs’ Council, the College of Policing and HMI. But the force will be led through the process by someone other than the Chief Constable as Ian Hopkins has announced he is stepping aside to be treated for labyrinthisis – an inner ear infection. Pressure had already been increased by the Home Secretary who had written to CC Hopkins last week telling him to send her a 'recovery plan' following a highly critical HMIC report into crime recording and treatment of victims. The review that found 80,000 crimes had not been dealt with . HM Inspectorate said in a statement: “The level of scrutiny on Greater Manchester Police has been raised and the force has been placed in the Engage stage of the HMICFRS monitoring process. "This is due to the causes of concern raised in HMICFRS’s recent reports which have highlighted the poor service the force provides to many victims of crime. “In the Engage stage, a force is required to develop an improvement plan to address the specific causes of concern that have led to it being placed in the advanced phase of the monitoring process. "The process is intended to provide support to the force from external organisations including the Home Office, College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs Council to assist in achieving the required improvements.” In a statement provided on Wednesday, Mr Hopkins revealed he had been ill since the end of October. “I continued to work throughout with the support of the rest of my Chief Officers team until Sunday 13 December, despite feeling very ill,” he added. “I finally made the decision over last weekend that in the interests of my health I needed to take a break and recover properly so I can return and lead GMP with the same passion and strength of character that I have always demonstrated. “Despite feeling ill I remain in contact daily with members of my Chief Officers team.” The move came at the same time as Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and his team had set out with HMI how the force would improve. Mr Burnham and Bev Hughes, Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice, had announced a series of actions in response. This included the creation of a Gold Group that is meeting every day to review progress against an improvement plan. Mr Burnham has been clear the force has problems but has challenged the HMI findings. The Mayor said: "The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) raised extremely serious issues with implications for the quality of services to victims that have been on-going for a number of years. “More progress should have been made since the previous HMICFRS reports that highlighted this particular area of concern. Now that it has been made clear by HMICFRS, we are putting in place the necessary actions to improve standards of service to victims of crime in Greater Manchester.” But he also argued that the force has been making improvements while struggling with the impact of significant cuts made during the austerity era. "It is also worth setting out the context within which Greater Manchester Police (GMP) was already trying to implement significant organisational changes to improve performance in this area. The period of the inspection, April to June 2020, was difficult and GMP had to contend with a number of significant issues, including responding to newly-introduced COVID legislation including implementing and training across the whole organisation;significant loss of capacity due to illness, self-isolation and shielding; reduced capacity in the Crime Recording and Resolution Unit and District Crime Progression Teams;significantly increased demand relating to COVID-19 legislation. "It is not true to say that, whilst long-standing issues remained, there had been no improvement in crime recording since 2016. In 2018, HMICFRS carried out a Crime data integrity Inspection within GMP. Although areas for continued improvement were identified, HMICFRS documented that "The Force was found to have made several improvements". He added: "In 2018, HMICFRS upgraded GMP from inadequate to requires improvement. There were areas for further progress identified however the outcomes above show improvements had been made. But he also made clear that the force was in trouble: "This said, it is recognised that the latest HMICFRS report has identified unacceptable service levels, which in turn has affected public confidence, and that is why the Mayor and Deputy Mayor have initiated a number of immediate actions to rebuild trust and confidence." View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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