Greater Manchester Combined Authority's announced Bolton and Bury are getting a share of 300 more police officers to tackle increasing and complex crime.
The Police and Crime Panel backed proposals to increase council tax to fund the extra resources, following a public consultation in which 59 per cent of people who responded said they were will to pay more.
Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes has since outlined the plans to:
- Recruit 320 additional police officers to strengthen neighbourhood teams and policing of the transport network.
- Continue to improve the 101 non-emergency service
- Increase the grants to local authorities to fund community safety initiatives
- Invest in new approaches to tackle serious violent crime and violence against women and girls.
Ms Hughes said:
“I want to thank Panel members for supporting this proposal, and also to the communities of Greater Manchester for backing their local police service. I also want to be clear that this has been a difficult decision to make. However, in light of the Government’s continued failure to fund Greater Manchester Police fairly, we have been left with very little choice to ask residents to pay a little more to ensure we can keep our communities safe.”
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said:
“I am pleased that we will have able to move some way towards the 7,000 officers I believe we need to police Greater Manchester. I am grateful for the support we have had from local people who are being asked to pay more for policing. The additional officers will be a welcome boost and provide a proactive policing team working across Greater Manchester and support neighbourhood policing.”