By Charlie Loran • 10 December 2020 • 9:02
GMP has failed to record 80,000 crimes in 12-months and people are being ‘denied justice’, claims shocking report.
A new inspection into Greater Manchester Police has found multiple failings and has raised serious concerns about domestic violence, child protection and the recording of crimes. Jen Williams from M.E.N reported.
Greater Manchester Police is failing to record one in four violent crimes, according to a shocking inspection report warning people are being ‘denied justice’.
It raises serious concerns about GMP’s approach to domestic violence and child protection.
The police inspectorate, which had already warned the force about inaccurate crime recording in 2016 and 2018, before criticising its approach to vulnerable victims in 2019, says the situation has since ‘significantly deteriorated’ and has now told the force to address its concerns ‘urgently’.
Zoe Billingham, who authored the report on behalf of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, told the M.E.N. that GMP are now one of the worst forces in the country for poor crime records, noting that usually there is a ‘flurry of activity’ after bad reports that is then sustained in the longer term.
“But GMP buck the trend in that regard and that’s one of the reasons I’m as worried as I am,” she said, adding that the force leadership now had questions to answer.
The report looks specifically at the experiences of victims when they deal with GMP.
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