Statement from Chief Constable Stephen Watson
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Chief Constable Stephen Watson said, "It is absolutely right that we are held to account by the community, political stakeholders and all those who interact with us, to ensure that we are delivering the standard of service the public rightly expect of us.
"Whilst I cannot comment on every regrettable moment in which GMP has not lived up to expectations, I can promise that I seek to lead the type of police force I know that the communities of Greater Manchester deserve. Where past mistakes have been made, we will do more to learn from them. Where we have failed to deliver strong and effective police services, we will improve. Where we have been found wanting, we will try harder.
"In the few months that I have been here, I can see an organisation that comprises a great number of officers and staff who are committed, professional, compassionate and courageous; who do things every single day that most either could not, or would not do.
"To harness this vast latent potential requires us to focus on the basics of policing: fighting and reducing crime, keeping people safe and caring for victims; supported by strong, steadfast leadership to drive the force in the right direction. It is in these areas that my plans for the future of GMP depend on, and which I intend to fully update the public on in the coming days."