The Force's headquarters is at Chester House in Old Trafford, Manchester. The Force was formed in 1974 after leaving the Lancashire Constabulary and amalgamating with Manchester and Salford Police and certain areas of Lancashire and Cheshire counties.
GMP employs 8,167 Police Officers, 380 volunteer Special Constables, 3,769 members of support staff and 270 community support officers (soon to be 1,000 community support officers). It is the second largest force in terms of organisation size in England and Wales after the Metropolitan Police in London.
On Wednesday 23rd July 2008, Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Cheshire Police, was appointed the new Chief Constable, taking up the post on the 1st September 2008. He is assisted by One Deputy Chief constable: David Whatton And an Acting Deputy Chief Constable: Ian Seabridge.
Under proposals made by the Home Secretary on 6 February 2006, which proposed the mergers of many other forces, Greater Manchester would stay as a standalone strategic police force.
The Force also has its own newspaper and is distributed to thousands of officers, making "Brief" one of the largest in circulation. Each 20 page issue has a mix of news about police initiatives, policies and crime successes, in-depth articles on specialist units, social and sports news, as well as regular features. The slogan for Greater Manchester Police is: Fighting Crime, Protecting People.
During the 1990s, GMP had one of the worst rates of car crime in the UK. A specialist unit was set up in the mid 1990s and has operated ever since, going by the call sign "sierra" or T.A.S.S., (Tactical Vehicle Crime Unit) they operate high performance pursuit vehicles that can keep up to most of today's cars on the road. Car crime has halved since the early 1990s partly due to this unit.
The force also has an Anti-Terrorism Unit, which sits in Special Branch and has carried out several operations since being formed in April 2005.
Greater Manchester Police selects IP telephony solution from BT, Nortel Networks.(United Kingdom)(Brief Article)
Jul 01, 2004; The Greater Manchester Police have awarded a contract to BT to provide a converged Internet Protocol (IP) telephony solution from...