- OVER HALF of all burglaries in Greater Manchester are not investigated by Greater Manchester Police (GMP)
- GMP also fails to investigate thousands of other reported crimes
- Jane's Liberal Democrat team gains shocking figures via FoI Request
- Manchester Evening News leads with story
Jane Brophy, Lib Dems GM Mayoral Candidate, has uncovered astonishing figures about the GMP's ability to investigate crime in Greater Manchester.
The force failed to follow up almost half (45%) of all crimes reported in 2016. A whopping 57% of burglaries were not investigated, along with more than three quarters of pickpocketing and street thefts.
70% of bicycle thefts were also not followed up.
Jane Brophy, Lib Dem candidate for Greater Manchester Mayor, obtained the figures via a Freedom of Information (FoI) request. She commented:
Visible policing has all but disappeared apart from Manchester city centre and our town centres, leaving many communities feeling unsafe. If I become Mayor I will work to ensure frontline policing is improved to restore people’s faith in the police.
The elected Greater Manchester Mayor will take on the functions of the current interim Mayor and GM Police & Crime Commissioner, former Labour MP Tony Lloyd. This entails setting priorities for GMP in how they tackle crime.
Tony responded to Jane's charge by passing the buck both to GMP themselves and to the former Coalition government, claiming that the post-Coalition 2016 crimes figures, which occurred on his watch, were the result of cuts rather than his own flawed judgement and inability to lead. Desperate to avoid responsibility, Lloyd decided instead to blame his own Police officers and a previous government.
Jane Brophy highlighted the fact that figures for the current year show that 42% of all recorded crimes for the first few months of 2017 were not investigated, greater than the percentage in 2014.
GMP ACC Rob Potts responded to the release of the statistics by saying that GMP are prioritising investigation of serious crimes in a bid to do the most with the resources available to them to keep GM residents safe.
Overall Greater Manchester Police are doing a good job at tackling serious crime, but there seems to be widespread failure to record and investigate all crimes properly.
As Mayor, Jane will be responsible for setting GMP's crime priorities, as well as working with GMP on successful preventative approaches to reducing crime by working with local communities.
Jane has also highlighted the dangers and costs Brexit will bring to the nation and the North West by threatening our membership of international policing organisations such as Europol. Exiting European police co-operation will increase the threat of terrorism and serious crime striking the communities of Greater Manchester.
With the GM Mayor now guaranteed a voice on the UK's Brexit negotiations, Jane will do what is needed to keep our County safe from the threats of serious and violent crime, as well as ensuring that GMP's response to less serious crimes improves.
The Manchester Evening News covered Jane's exposé on their front page.