Visit with Greater Manchester Police
I had the pleasure of meeting with the engagement team at Greater Manchester Police (GMP) this week to discuss how they are engaging with communities and working to spread awareness of the work the organisation is doing in the region.
Their use of social media was incredibly impressive, particularly with how they can focus resources on particular areas dependent on need.
The communications team there are keen to refocus any discussions on crime to highlight the effect it has on people, rather than on just cold statistics. Examples of this can be seen in its recent campaign to highlight the dangers of knife crime, with the blunt message – “Knives Takes Lives”.
GMP has really grown as an organisation, even in the face of some awful budget cuts, and has become an organisation that the people of Greater Manchester can feel proud of. That said, there is still work to be done.
In Cheadle, Lib Dem councillors and candidates, like Claire Halliwell, have rightly raised questions on the speed of response times and the lack of PCSOs in certain communities. These are all issues we can and should be highlighting and something that the Mayor, Andy Burnham, needs to address before it starts to erode community trust in the police.
That said, I was incredibly impressed with what I saw on my visit and by the people that serve our communities so passionately.