Police outline their priorities

Wigan's Divisional Commander, Shaun Donnellan, speaks at Greater Manchester Police public meeting at the Council Chambers at Wigan Town Hall

Wigan's Divisional Commander, Shaun Donnellan, speaks at Greater Manchester Police public meeting at the Council Chambers at Wigan Town Hall

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WIGAN police chiefs have committed to putting victims, neighbourhoods and the vulnerable at the “heart of what they do”.

These priorities were among those highlighted in the first Police and Crime plan, outlining Greater Manchester Police’s objectives for the next three years

Tackling anti-social behaviour and building confidence in their services are also among the targets for the force.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd published his first police and crime plan including the nine priorities last week.

Mr Lloyd said: “This plan isn’t about words - it’s about action, and to deliver it we all have to play our part.

“I met with Wigan residents recently at the public meeting to find out their views and how they feel about policing in their communities.

“And Wigan was one of the first places I visited as Police and Crime Commissioner, meeting with local bobbies and seeing first hand the work they do to keep people safe on a night out over the weekend.”

Mr Lloyd hopes the plan will provide a framework for how the force will work together with partner agencies, including local councils and the NHS.

Wigan Division’s Ch Supt Shaun Donnellan said: “We have had a really successful 12 months in reducing crime and disorder in the borough.

“We now need to look forward to the months ahead and this plan sets real opportunities to increase confidence and reassurance for the communities of Wigan by placing neighbourhoods, victims and the vulnerable at the heart of everything we do.

“Together we will continue to make a difference for the people who live and work in Wigan borough making it a much safer place.”

The other objectives for GMP included in the report were driving down crime, building and strengthening partnerships, dealing effectively with terrorism, serious crime and organised criminality, maintaining public safety, dealing with civil emergencies and emerging threats and protecting the police service.

Mr Lloyd added: “Now the plan has been published that’s not it, job done. My job is just beginning and as your PCC I will bring together the key players whose job it is to keep us safe and we can start to turn this vision into reality.”

To read the full plan visit www.gmpcc.org.uk/plan

* Look out for Terry Lloyd’s new column starting later this month in the Wigan Evening Post