Stockport Lib Dems concern at GM Police being placed in special measures

Reacting to the news that Greater Manchester Police have been put into special measures by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Stockport Town Hall, said:

“Whilst we all have faith in our local policing teams, who literally put their lives on the line for our communities each day, the news that Greater Manchester Police have been put in special measures is truly shocking and an indictment of both the political leadership of the Greater Manchester Mayor and the Deputy responsible for policing and the professional leadership of senior officers.

“This is only the second time a police force has ever faced such an intervention, and it only happens because HM Inspectorate believe a force is not responding to or failing to manage a cause of concern. Urgent action is needed to rectify what has been a struggling service for some years now, exacerbated by a failing new IT system which is still not functioning correctly almost 18 months after launch.

“I look forward to a clear statement from the Mayor of how he intends to turn this situation around.”

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