The Greater Manchester Police Traffic Network Section aim to;
- Detect, disrupt and challenge criminal use of the roads, challenge poor driver behaviour to reduce road casualties and work with neighbourhood staff to reduce vehicle related anti-social behaviour, improving public confidence and satisfaction.
GMP is committed to working with the “Drivesafe”, Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership.
The fundamental roles of the Traffic Network Section as outlined by Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) are;
- Patrolling the roads
- Disrupting criminality
- Reducing road casualties
- Counter terrorism
- Anti-social driving
These roles are inter-linked with the overall aims of the GMP Policing Plan which are;
- Reduce crime
- Protect vulnerable people
- Reduce anti-social behaviour
- Strengthen visible local policing
- Deliver value for money
The Traffic Network Section is made up of a number of Units;
Road Policing Units
Core operational delivery is based on the two Road Policing Units located at Eccles and Chadderton. The Units have geographic responsibility for areas within the force and they are headed by an inspector. Each RPU provides 24-hour cover and is responsible for providing initial response to serious and fatal road traffic collisions, attendance and investigation of non-life threatening collisions and supporting divisional and neighbourhood led operations. Each Unit also has responsibility for the motorway system that runs through their area.
Traffic PCSOs are RPU based and support roads policing enforcement, collision scene preservation and have strong links with Neighbourhood Policing Teams to assist with local traffic related issues.
Serious Collision Investigation Unit
This Unit is based at Eccles and provides 24-hour cover to attend, report and investigate fatal, serious and life threatening road traffic collisions. It was developed from national best practice and allows a specialist team of officers to provide a highly skilled response to these life-changing collisions.
Working within the SCIU are Forensic Collision Reconstruction officers who are specialist investigators. They use their technical expertise to recover scene evidence in order to be able to reconstruct the circumstances of collisions.
During investigations the Unit works closely with Greater Manchester’s Coroners and Crown Prosecution Service offices ensuring incidents are investigated in line with ACPO Road Death Investigation Manual guidelines.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition: Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit
Using a mix of liveried and unliveried vehicles, the ANPR: TVIU deploys mobile ANPR or responds to static ANPR camera activations. They are also tasked, via the Force’s Intelligence Hub, to support serious crime investigations throughout GMP.
There are also a number of other smaller Units within TNS that deal with issues such as escorts, motorcycles (on and off road), minor collision investigation and vehicle examination