Greater Manchester Police has made significant improvements, but further changes needed

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has made significant improvements since its last inspection, but the force still needs to improve its management of offenders and suspects, the police inspectorate has said.

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PEEL 2023-25: An inspection of Greater Manchester Police

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) graded GMP’s performance across eight areas of policing and found the force was good in two areas, adequate in five areas and requires improvement in one area.

HMICFRS said the force works well with partners on prevention initiatives to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour. The inspectorate also found that GMP carried out a review of its neighbourhood policing model, which included consultation with communities, to improve visibility of the force within the community.

However, HMICFRS said the force needs to review how it monitors its requirement to visit registered sex offenders to make sure it quickly manages risk. It also said that the force should ensure it consistently achieves acceptable outcomes for victims of crime.

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Michelle Skeer said:

“I am pleased with some aspects of Greater Manchester Police’s performance in keeping people safe, reducing crime and providing victims with an effective service. The force has made significant improvements since we last inspected in 2021, but it recognises that there is still work to do.

“Our last inspection identified Greater Manchester Police’s positive changes and long-term plans. I am pleased that those plans have continued to help the force improve the service it provides to the public. Its leadership, governance and performance processes have increased both the productivity and proactivity of its officers.

“While there are still areas in which Greater Manchester Police needs to do better, I am optimistic that the force’s leadership and management will continue to provide further improvements.”

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PEEL 2023-25: An inspection of Greater Manchester Police


  1. For further information, please contact the HMICFRS Press Office on 0300 071 6781 or
  2. In 2014, we introduced our police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) inspections, which assess the performance of all 43 police forces in England and Wales. Since then, we have been continuously adapting our approach.
  3. We have continued our intelligence-led, continual assessment approach, rather than the annual PEEL inspections we used in previous years.
  4. We have also changed our approach to graded judgments. We now assess forces against the characteristics of good performance, and we more clearly link our judgments to causes of concern and areas for improvement.
  5. It isn’t possible to make direct comparisons between the grades awarded in this PEEL inspection and those from the previous cycle of PEEL inspections. This is because we have increased our focus on making sure forces are achieving appropriate outcomes for the public, and in some cases we have changed the aspects of policing we inspect.
  6. More information about the new PEEL assessment framework 2023-2025 is available on our website.