Police urge people to report non-emergency incidents online

Greater Manchester Police is asking people to report non-emergencies online, rather than calling 101, due to staffing issues.
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A large volume of calls are received by its operational communications branch (OCB) every day and due to staff in the department having to isolate for Covid-19 reasons, a small number of officers from the transport unit are assisting to answer calls.

The work of the unit will still be maintained, alongside partners in transport across Greater Manchester, and officers will continue to have a presence across the transport network in key areas.

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Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey said: "All of our staff in OCB have worked extremely hard throughout this pandemic to help keep the communities in Greater Manchester safe and our technology has enabled many to work from home.

People should still call 999 in an emergencyPeople should still call 999 in an emergency
People should still call 999 in an emergency

"However, inevitably, some of our officers and staff will be affected by the ongoing pandemic and may need to self-isolate for the safety of themselves, their colleagues and the public and we are supporting them in doing so.

"We have therefore had to redeploy some of our resources from the transport unit to assist colleagues in OCB on a temporary basis.

"Answering calls from members of the public is vital and moving officers into the department can help us to deliver our normal service. This is why we're continuing to ask the public to report any non-emergencies online where possible.

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"The unprecedented times we're living through pose a challenge to everyone across the country and our officers continue to keep you all safe while you stay at home and continue to save lives. Our number one priority, alongside partners, is to keep the communities of Greater Manchester safe."

Report non-emergencies online at www.gmp.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime.

In an emergency, always call 999.

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