GMP's Response to Coronavirus
This is a difficult period and one that everyone has to adapt to and make huge changes to ensure we limit the spread of this virus.
We want to thank you all for your continued support of the ongoing changes we as a force are experiencing and we are extremely grateful to the increasing number of people who are using the Live Chat and online crime recording facilities through our website instead of calling when reporting non-emergency incidents.
Below we've included some useful links and some FAQ's to help the public as we work with the government and partner agencies to tackle the coronavirus.
Protecting you and your safety
COVID-19 is an extremely challenging situation for everyone. We are faced with a rapidly changing environment, and new challenges every day.
The changes have meant that the majority of households are now spending more time together with day to day activities restricted. Support which has previously been in place has changed for many, and may be inaccessible for some.
Domestic abuse remains one of the highest priorities for Greater Manchester Police, and we will continue to adapt our resources and approaches to ensure we are playing our part in protecting the vulnerable members of society.
Domestic abuse is everyone’s business, and during this time it is crucial that we continue to recognise the signs and ensure that victims are aware of all the different ways in which it is possible to access support and report crime.
Children and Young People at Risk
This is an uncertain and difficult time for many, as we all adapt to a different way of life.
Children and young people are now spending significantly more time at home, potentially placing them at increased risk of harm.
Crime Prevention Advice
Please find some resources we have made available for crime prevention below. Last updated 30/03/2020
Frequently Asked Questions (NPCC Response)
Please find some of our frequently asked questions below. The answers have been provided by the NPCC. These were lasted updated 31/03/2020.
This is being considered as part of our planning. We're currently asking retired Police Officers to contact us. More info
How should the elderly and vulnerable protect themselves from opportunist thieves/fraudsters coming door to door?
Being a good neighbour is important, and communities are rallying around to support each other. However, there may be those who seek to exploit the situation also.
Volunteers working with the health and emergency services will be in possession of the necessary DBS arrangements before commencing placements and will be assigned to roles where indemnity cover is in place. They should all have documentation proving their status.
Community volunteering to provide assistance to those most vulnerable in meeting their daily needs will also be likely in the coming months. If people have doubts about those who are approaching them, and are concerned, we advise that they don’t engage and report serious suspicious behaviour to police. The majority of groups are well intentioned, and will be working through charities or through a local authority and should have proof that they are doing so.
There is additional information and updates regarding fraud on the Action Fraud website. Theft offences should be reported to your local police force.
In the worst case COVID-19 scenario, forces would need to focus on and prioritise emergencies and serious crimes. Domestic abuse is considered a serious crime and we are taking concerns around any impact on the levels of domestic abuse seriously.
Our response to vulnerable victims remains a priority. Responding to domestic abuse forms part of our core operational response.
We want to reassure victims that they can still call us, but if their situation makes calling difficult they can contact many forces online or access the national DA helpline or support services online.
Given the number of businesses having to close – will police still respond if these get broken into?
Yes. Each contact to the police for help will be risk assessed. Priority of response will be given to maintaining public order, situations of violence or where life is in danger and where a very vulnerable person is involved.
No. When policing is under severe strain, from either demand or capacity issues, some services will have to be reduced – that could mean historic investigations that have a low risk attached to them. We will always focus on core policing and serious crime – including murder.
No. Police will continue to implement their safeguarding duties.