In December 2020 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) found that GMP’s services to victims were a serious cause of concern. Following this assessment, GMP was formally ‘engaged’ by the HMICFRS and four enduring causes of concern were identified. Chief Constable Ian Hopkins stood down from his post.
Upon commencement of the role of Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police in May 2021, Stephen Watson began a wide reaching root cause analysis of the enduring concerns to establish the strategic conditions required to secure fundamental long-term success, with a focus on:
CLEAR STRATEGIC DIRECTION
CAPABLE, COMMITTED AND INSPIRING LEADERSHIP
In September 2021 we published an improvement plan set out as a Plan on a Page which distilled the strategic approach into a clear plan, with the purpose of re-focussing on the basics of preventing and reducing crime to keep people safe and to care for victims.
The plan was devised with input from hundreds of officers and staff from across the force; has been well received internally and with strategic stakeholders and is now the framework through which transformational change is being delivered within GMP.
Whilst it is early days, notable progress has been made in practical and tangible terms in several important areas. Early indications suggest that the changes required to effect lasting improvements are being developed at pace, with genuine commitment, vigour and a collective effort from everyone in GMP. This report provides a brief overview of progress made since the Plan on a Page was published on the 10 September.