But throughout the year we have been heartened by the continued support of the public across Greater Manchester. It was those kind messages and thoughts that helped the families of Fiona and Nicola, their colleagues and indeed the whole of GMP to get through the dark days.
Every day the neighbourhood policing teams and officers across Greater Manchester are able to fight crime and bring criminals to justice because of the support of local people. They can do this because people share their problems, are willing to work with us to find solutions and provide us with information that we can act on to make communities safer.
During the past 12 months we have seen crime and antisocial behaviour fall even further, despite the challenging financial situation we face. This has only been possible because of the support of people and the hard work and dedication of officers and staff. I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and New Year and make sure you keep yourself, your loved ones and your property safe. There are plenty of crime prevention messages in the GMP advent calendar on the website.
I want to thank you for working with us in 2012 and wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Sir Peter Fahy