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Safe & Strong Communities

Portfolio: Safe and Strong Communities

By working together with local people and partner agencies, we want to build the safest communities in Britain.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, now has responsibilities around the governance and budgets relating to Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Baroness Beverley Hughes is Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire. She is responsible for making the police and fire services accountable to local people and consulting with you on what your priorities are for community safety in Greater Manchester.

Working closely alongside the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, the Deputy Mayor will also make decisions on how much of your council tax needs to go towards policing.

Baroness Hughes said:

“I’m honoured and excited to be given this opportunity to work alongside the Mayor, Chief Constable, and local people to make our communities safer and stronger. This role will not be without challenge, not least with continued budget pressures and increasing demand on our police, but we have a strong foundation on which to build on.”

Police and Crime Panel

Supported by the Police and Crime Steering Group, The Police and Crime Panel is responsible for holding the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime to account on policing issues. Made up of ten appointed councillors from each of the Greater Manchester local authority areas, and two independent members, the panel is consulted on regarding precept proposals and the police and crime plan.

The panel is currently chaired by Cllr Tamoor Tariq of Bury Council.

You can watch the latest Police and Crime Panel meetings below.

Police and Crime Plan

The Police and Crime plan was produced in partnership with a wide range of people and organisations across Greater Manchester, the plan is aimed at everyone with a stake in community safety – not only the police, but also the criminal justice system, the health services local councils, voluntary groups and local people.

The three-year strategy focuses on three main priorities:

  • To keep people safe - for those who live, work, socialise and travel in Greater Manchester, as well as protecting those who are vulnerable.
  • To reduce harm and offending – preventing anti-social and criminal behavior by intervening earlier and rehabilitating offenders.
  • To strengthen communities and places – by helping to build resilient communities and strengthening the delivery of public assets.

The plan’s publication follows an extensive consultation and engagement process with the people who use the services, as well as the wide variety of people in different organisations who provide them. This includes police, local authorities, community safety partners, health services and voluntary and community groups.

More than 3,500 people responded during the consultation process – with 80% saying the priorities set the right tone for the coming years. You can read more about the plan here.

Police and Crime Joint Audit Panel

The GMCA is legally required to establish an Audit Committee to oversee its full range of accountabilities, which includes the budget for policing and for the police element of council tax bills. The Mayor and Chief Constable have agreed that a Joint Audit Panel is necessary in order to give sufficient focus to the resources allocated to policing.

The Joint Audit Panel is made up of five independent members, and is responsible for overseeing the arrangements for managing the resources of the Police Fund, including the Chief Constable’s final accounts, internal and external audit arrangements, risk management and the annual governance review of the Chief Constable.

You can read the minutes of previous meetings of the Joint Audit Panel here.

Council Tax

The Mayoral Police and Crime Commissioner precept is the amount you contribute to local policing through your council tax bill. The amount you pay will depend on the value of your property (your tax band).

A person living in an average Band D property will pay £174.30 in 2018/19.

Victims' Services

Beverley Hughes is responsible for commissioning victims' services in Greater Manchester. We want to make it easier for victims of crime to get the help they need, regardless of when the crime took place, or if it was reported to police.

Information, advice and a directory of services to support victims of crime are available at

Telephone support for victims of crime in Greater Manchester is currently provided by Victim Support. You can call them on 0161 200 1950 or request a call back at a time that suits you.

Criminal Justice

As part of the devolution deals between central Government and Greater Manchester, we now have more powers around criminal justice. Justice devolution will strengthen the work Greater Manchester is already doing to deliver effective local justice and reduce offending. It will allow GMCA to drive forward important improvements by more closely integrating health, education and accommodation, with police, Crown Prosecution Service, the courts, prisons, and probation services.

Greater Manchester Police

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police is Ian Hopkins. 

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Beverley Hughest meets GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Beverley Hughes meets GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins

To find out more about Greater Manchester Police please visit 

Stop and search

There are a number of laws which give powers to police officers to stop and search a person or vehicle without having to arrest them first. Stop and search should only be used when police officers have a good reason to stop you, but being stopped and searched doesn’t mean you have done something wrong. You do not have to be put under arrest to be searched but the police can use reasonable force if you have been given the chance to co-operate and have refused.

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has a responsibility for making sure that Greater Manchester Police carries out its stops and searches properly. To provide feedback on your stop and search experience, please email:

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service 

Beverley Hughes is the Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester – Crime, Policing, Criminal Justice and Fire, and
oversees Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on behalf of the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, who is responsible for the overall governance, strategic and financial management of the Service.

Baroness Beverley Hughes - Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Baroness Beverley Hughes
Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice, and Fire



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