A police chief who took a 'back to basics' approach with the failing Greater Manchester Police force has helped the organisation out of special measures after 18 months at the helm.
Stephen Watson, regarded as an 'old school' chief who pitched himself as 'anti-woke' when he joined GMP, had blamed a 'failure of senior leadership' for its problems and promised a 'dialled up muscularity' in his approach to crime.
Since Mr Watson's takeover, 999 call answer times have been cut from an average of one minute 22 seconds to seven seconds, response times have been reduced and arrests have increased by 60 per cent.
And he's not resting on his laurels, either...
'I look forward to sustaining GMP's march forward and for us to continue to make our region a safer place to live, work and visit.' The force will be inspected again during 2023.
Something other forces need to look to. And the Home Office needs to back them to do so.
You may want to save your accolades before they bite your behind, JuliaM.
It's much harder to measure a broken culture and this one was not only crushed, it was and it remains, rotten. The main reason Manchester's plodfarce is out of 'special measures' is because the once honest 'Profoundly Incompetent' tag became meaningless after years of stigma. When it eventually became a political embarrassment, government intervention began 'behind the stained scenery'.
Back in the real world it appears that these miracles are being achieved by cheating. He's put all the officers on 12 hour days ( costing 2 or 4 hours each in overtime) and he's also been cancelling their days off.
But as that idiot May said " it's not about numbers:
"You may want to save your accolades.."
Small victories, MTG, small victories...
"Back in the real world it appears that these miracles are being achieved by cheating. He's put all the officers on 12 hour days ( costing 2 or 4 hours each in overtime) and he's also been cancelling their days off."
I don't call that 'cheating', I call that 'efficiencies'.
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