Police and Fire

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.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service 

Beverley Hughes oversees Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (link opens in a new window) on behalf of the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, who is responsible for the overall governance, strategic and financial management of the service.

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Deputy Mayor Beverley Hughes has commissioned a Greater Manchester wide survey of residents (16 years and over) to find out how safe and satisfied they are with policing and community safety services across the city-region. As a member of the public, you may receive a call or an email from a company called DJS research. DJS have been procured to carry out this survey with local people across the ten Districts.

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact police.enquiries@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

Supported by the Police and Crime Steering Group, the Police, Fire and Crime Panel is responsible for holding the Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire 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 fire plan and the proposed allocation of budget for fire and rescue functions.

The panel is currently chaired by Councillor Nigel Murphy from Manchester City Council. 

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

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.

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.

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 www.gmvictims.org.uk.

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.

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.

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).

Local residents helped shape a new approach to tackling substance misuse as it’s revealed that drugs and alcohol kill more people in Greater Manchester, compared to national average.

In December 2018 a consultation opened to find out more from residents around some emerging key themes such as reducing the number of deaths and hospital admissions caused by drugs and alcohol, helping more people into recovery and reducing the strain on public services.

Residents view's informed a forthcoming strategy which sets out the city-region’s ambition to significantly reduce the risk and harms caused by drugs and alcohol. 

Read Greater Manchester's Drug and Alcohol Strategy

The purpose of this first Integrated Health and Justice Strategy for Greater Manchester is to inform and enhance the way in which we understand and address the health, social care and criminal justice factors that can lead to life-long poor physical and emotional health, and reduced life-expectancy, for people who are seen in the criminal justice system, as offenders or victims.

The Violence Reduction Unit brings together Greater Manchester Police, National Probation Service, health and education professionals, youth justice and local authorities to address the underlying causes of violent crime and work together with communities to prevent it.

It forms part of Greater Manchester’s approach to tackling serious violent crime, which includes making sure victims of violent crime get the right support, and improving the criminal justice response to all forms of serious violence.


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