Programme Challenger is Greater Manchester’s partnership response to tackling serious and organised crime.
We work together to relentlessly pursue and disrupt serious and organised crime groups as well as reduce the risks to vulnerable people and stop them from becoming victims. This type of criminality includes county lines, exploitation of young children and vulnerable adults, modern slavery, immigration and economic crime and the use of firearms.
Our vision is to enable individuals and communities to be free from the harm caused by serious and organised crime. Using the four key partnership objectives we will:
Prevent – support early intervention and prevention activity to tackle organised crime at the earliest point possible
Protect – develop closer links with neighbourhoods and communities to develop an understanding of how it affects them, identify emerging issues and implement solutions
Prepare – reduce this criminality by mitigating and tackling the impact of when organised crime occurs
Pursue – be relentless and targeted in our pursuit against criminals of the highest harm through disruption and prosecution
How you can help
While we continue to identify and disrupt criminal networks and protect Greater Manchester from serious and organised crime we need support from the public – the people who really know their community.
We need you to be our eyes and our ears by looking out for suspicious behaviour, spotting the signs of criminal activity, of vulnerable children and adults being exploited and then reporting it to us.
Spotting the signs of criminal activity:
Increase in visitors or cars to a house or flat at unsociable hours
Signs of drug use such as strange smells coming from the property
Windows covered or curtains closed all the time
People talking on phones outside the address
People handling large amounts of cash and owning numerous mobile phones
An increase in violence or anti-social behaviour at the property or area
Signs of exploitation:
Unexplained gifts, money and new expensive clothes or accessories
Increased missing from home episodes
New friendship groups
Receiving excessive calls or messages from ‘new friends’
Carrying weapons and may have a few mobile phones
Lots of train and bus travel tickets
They go missing from home or school and travel around the city or country
Secretive or withdrawn from family and/or friends
Getting picked up or dropped off by unknown people
There are several ways to report a crime:
Information can be reported anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Reporting can also be made by contacting GMP online or 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.