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Safer and stronger communities

Making Greater Manchester a safer place 

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 and Crime. She is responsible for making the police service accountable to local people and consulting with you on what your priorities are for the police 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 current Police and Crime Plan was put together by the previous Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd. It sets out the following policing priorities:

  • Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Putting victims at the centre
  • Protecting vulnerable people
  • Dealing with terrorism, serious organised crime and maintaining public safety
  • Investing in and delivering high quality policing services
  • Building and strengthening partnerships

A new police and crime plan is currently being developed and it is important local people are involved in its development. Please click on the link below to read a draft of the plan and to take part in a short survey to let us know your views about the future for policing, community safety and criminal justice.

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

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is responsible for the governance and budget management of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. He has established a Fire Committee to support him with this work.

Andy Burnham, the nine local authority Leaders and the Salford City Mayor, confirmed the appointment of Councillor David Acton as Chair of the Fire Committee, at the GMCA meeting on Friday 30 June, 2017.

Baroness Beverley Hughes - Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Baroness Beverley Hughes
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime



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