GREATER Manchester Police’s chief constable has announced his plan to retire.
Sir Peter Fahy will step down from his £193,000 a year job in October to become the chief executive of charity Retrak which helps children in Africa.
The 56-year-old, who grew up in east London and joined the police in 1981, was seen as a steadying hand for GMP, the third largest force in England, and replaced former chief constable Michael Todd, who was found dead on a mountainside in Wales in March 2008, after drinking alcohol and swallowing pills when his personal life unravelled amid claims of a string of extra-marital affairs.
Sir Peter, a married father-of-four, who lives in Cheshire, has overseen huge cuts to police budgets and though crime rates have largely declined, the reduction in resources has not endeared him to some rank and file officers.
In a statement he said: “Following 34 years as a police officer including almost 13 years as a chief constable I have decided that now is the right time to leave policing. It has been a great privilege to serve the people of Greater Manchester and to lead the wonderfully dedicated staff of GMP.
“It has always been my intention to leave during the autumn of this year. I have led the force through four years of budget cuts and staffing reductions but despite this we have achieved significant improvements in service, increased public confidence and reduced crime and anti-social behaviour.
“It is now time for someone else to bring fresh ideas for what will be more challenging years ahead.”
Accepting Sir Peter’s resignation, Greater Manchester police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “Greater Manchester has been fortunate to have a leader of such distinction to guide the force through the enormous challenges faced in policing and across the public sector. Through his tireless commitment to public service, Sir Peter has become a highly respected figure both locally and nationally.”