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Police: Greater Manchester

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the policing pledge in Greater Manchester. (325852)

[holding answer 7 April 2010]: It is for individual police forces and authorities to ensure delivery of the Policing Pledge in their area. The Government will hold forces to account for progress through the single top-down target we have set them to improve public confidence that the antisocial behaviour and crime issues that matter locally are being tackled, and in the light of inspection work by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). In September 2009, 50 per cent. of the public were confident that antisocial behaviour and crime issues that matter in their area were being dealt with—an increase of 4 per cent. points in the last year.

In October 2009, HMIC published a report on the progress of all forces in delivering the Pledge and the report graded Greater Manchester police as ‘fair’. Police authorities are now working with forces to ensure that the learning identified by HMIC is taken onboard and that the Policing Pledge is delivered consistently across their force area.