Stockport Lib Dems call for special meeting on policing

Cllr Tom Morrison, the Lib Dem spokesperson for Inclusive Neighbourhoods, has called for a special meeting to go through the issues raised by damning report into Greater Manchester Police, by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

The report, which found over 80,000 crimes in 12 months went unrecorded, stated that Greater Manchester Police was one of the worst forces in the country.

Since then, GMP has been placed into special measures and the Chief Constable has resigned.

Stockport Liberal Democrats have now requested an extraordinary meeting of the Communities & Housing Scrutiny Committee be organised, to which the Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, the person with responsibility over policing, is invited to answer questions.

Cllr Tom Morrison said, “This is a full blown crisis and people across Stockport deserve answers on what has happened and what plans are in place to make sure Greater Manchester gets the police force it deserves.

“GMP’s police officers and frontline staff have done an incredible job of keeping our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it appears there has been a real failure at a senior and political level, which has meant victims of crime are not getting the justice they deserve.

“This cannot carry on, and it is only right that the Deputy Mayor comes and explains to councillors what is happening and how she is ensuring a vast improvement is going to happen.”

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