Transfers: Frequently Asked Questions

We hope the information below will answer some of the questions you may have and assist you in deciding if a transfer to Greater Manchester Police is the right move for you.

Application Process

  1. Completion of application form
  2. Initial papersift
  3. Quality Assurance process of application via current force (including appraisal reports / references / professional standards unit).
  4. Background checks (Security vetting checks, Academic and Employee References)
  5. Interview and Full Medical
  6. Offer of Employment

As well as these Frequently Asked Questions your application pack should also include the following forms and information, please contact us if any of these items are missing:

  • Applicant Letter
  • Transfer Application Form
  • Testing for Substance Abuse / DNA Sampling Authorisation Form
  • Transferee Application Summary Sheet
  • GMP Force Area Map

The Organisation

How large is GMP in terms of officers and population?

We serve a population of 2.5 million people, which equates to approximately 5% of the UK population.

How large is GMP in terms of area?

GMP covers an area of 500 square miles and includes Manchester Airport and 11 Divisions which are:

  • Bolton
  • Bury
  • Rochdale
  • Oldham
  • Tameside
  • Stockport
  • South Manchester
  • North Manchester
  • Trafford
  • Salford
  • Wigan

Find out more about GMP's Neighbourhoood Policing

What is the structural organisation of GMP?

Chief Constable Peter Fahy leads GMP. A Deputy Chief Constable along with four Assistant Chief Constables and one Assistant Chief Officers to support him.

Find out more about the GMP Command Team

Operational

Where will I be posted?

Officers applying to transfer/rejoin should demonstrate flexibility in terms of initial posting locations. However, candidates will be asked for posting preference(s) and where possible, these will be matched with the forces vacancies/current needs at the time of appointment.

How soon can I apply for a specialist post?

When appointed, officers will be posted into a core policing role and expected to remain in that role for a minimum of one year. In exceptional circumstances exceptions may be agreed and officers may be posted directly into specialised units, subjects to operational demands and organisational priorities.

What training can I expect to help me adjust and settle in?

As a transferring officer you will join a structured induction programme. This will include a full introduction to GMP and an overview of the force. You will also receive specific training to ensure you are operationally and personally able to fulfil your role within GMP.

You will meet with your Divisional Line Manager who will include an overview of Divisional priorities and objectives as well as more general administrative requirements of starting in a new force. Officers in the Rank of Chief Inspector and above will have an induction planned which is relevant to their role within Greater Manchester Police.

What shifts will I work?

The shifts used in GMP generally follow a 5-week cycle: 

 

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Monday

Early

Rest Day

Rest Day

Night

Afternoon

Tuesday

Early

Rest Day

Rest Day

Night

Afternoon

Wednesday

Rest Day

Rest Day

Early

Night

Afternoon

Thursday

Rest Day

Afternoon

Early

Night

Rest Day

Friday

Night

Afternoon

Early

Rest Day

Rest Day

Saturday

Night

Afternoon

Rest Day

Rest Day

Early

Sunday

Night

Afternoon

Rest Day

Rest Day

Early

GMP operates a variable shift agreement, dependent on the operational needs of the Division. This means that although all early shifts will start at 0700hrs, afternoon shifts may start anytime between 1200hrs and 1700hrs. Nightshifts will generally start at 2100hrs. Most tours of duty will be 10 hours long, although there will be some 8 hour and 9 hours tours within the variation made by different Divisions.

Application Procedure

Are there any restrictions on length of service?

In order to transfer to GMP you must have completed your probationary period, however, there is no restriction on maximum length of service. As long as you meet the recruitment criteria we will consider your application.

What is the selection process?

To apply on transfer to GMP you will need to complete a competency based application form, vetting, background and security checks, formal interview and medical. You will be asked to complete a medical history questionnaire, which must also be signed by your G.P. Any expense incurred should be paid yourself. All necessary forms/documents will be sent to you at each stage of the selection process.

We will also request a performance report from your current force, sickness prints, conduct reports and further employment and/or education references.

I am currently a supervisor, is there any extra assessment for me?

You will be subject to an interview/assessment using the Force's ‘Leadership Expectations’.

Terms & Conditions

I currently receive housing allowance – will I still receive it?

Yes, you will still be entitled to housing allowance, but it may not necessarily be the same amount due to the regional variations in entitlement.

What salary scale point will I start on?

GMP adheres to the national pay scales and as such you will transfer on the same pay increment you currently receive.

Will I receive Competency Threshold Payment?

If you meet the necessary criteria you are invited to apply for this payment. If you currently receive this payment in your current force you will need to reapply for it once you have joined GMP.

Which roles receive a Special Priority Payment (SPP) in GMP?

GMP has agreed Special Priority Payments for a number of different posts; these are subject to five years qualifying police service. Payments can be requested for relevant posts through an application process and are subject to eligibility criteria. Should you require further information about the specific posts SPP applies to and the estimated amount they qualify for please contact the Recruitment Unit.

Can I carry Annual Leave from my current force to GMP?

No, you will be expected to have taken all of your annual leave owing prior to starting with GMP. Your annual leave entitlement will then be calculated according to the length of time you have been in the Police Service; pro-rata from the date you start for the remainder of the leave year.

How will my pension be affected?

Please contact GMP pensions unit on 0161 856 1225 or 1226.

Personal

Are there any restrictions on where I can live?

It is the policy of Greater Manchester Police that officers do not live and work on the same division.

Will GMP assist with finding accommodation?

Unfortunately we are not able to assist with finding accommodation nor do we have any links with Estate Agents, but we will happily try to answer any questions you may have or point you in the right direction for an answer.

Are there any recommended schools in the area?

Greater Manchester incorporates 10 Local Education Authorities. In addition to state provision, Greater Manchester also has a large number of independent schools. You are advised to contact the Local Education Authority for further information.

Does GMP have any on-site nurseries or affiliated / recommended childcare providers?

GMP operates two ‘salary sacrifice’ schemes to help pay for the cost of childcare:-
 

  • The Childcare Benefit Scheme where you can save between 29% and 41% of your childcare costs. This scheme is subject to a maximum amount of £243 per month and payment is made direct to the childcare provider.
  • The Workplace Nursery Scheme operates in a similar manner to the above scheme. However, there is no limit to the amount of childcare costs you can pay direct from your salary. Whilst this scheme is called the Workplace Nursery Scheme, we do not have on-site nurseries. Instead, we have partnership agreements with a number of nurseries in the Greater Manchester area and to join the scheme you must agree to use one of these nurseries.

In terms of finding appropriate childcare, the DirectGov website can provide more options.

Does GMP have private health insurance?

Yes, a private health scheme known as “No. 1 Police Group Health Care Scheme” is available through Greater Manchester Police Federation for Officers serving with GMP. Further information is available on the Federation website.

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