‘It’s about time po­lice stopped moan­ing and got on with the job...’

TOP COUN­CIL­LOR SAYS GMP CAN ‘DO MORE TO HELP SOLVE THE PROB­LEMS’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By MARI EC­CLES mari@men-news.co.uk @Mar­iEc­cles@reach­plc.com

THE po­lice should ‘stop moan­ing’ about cuts and ‘live within their means’ a coun­cil­lor – and for­mer GMP worker – has said.

Sal­ford politi­cian Robin Gar­rido, who worked for the force as a civil­ian for eight years, said of­fi­cers need to start ‘or­gan­is­ing them­selves more ef­fi­ciently.’

The se­nior coun­cil­lor, who ran for the Con­ser­va­tives in the city’s may­oral race in 2016, also said GMP needs to make bet­ter use of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances to save time.

Coun Gar­rido left the force a decade ago. He was ad­min­is­tra­tor for a GMP trust, rais­ing money for crime preven­tion schemes. He was also in charge of find­ing spon­sors.

His com­ments came af­ter the M.E.N. re­vealed that al­most half the crimes re­ported to GMP are not be­ing in­ves­ti­gated – in­clud­ing most theft, shoplift­ing, bur­glary, crim­i­nal dam­age, ar­son and pub­lic or­der of­fences.

A stag­ger­ing 17,000 vi­o­lent crimes were not fol­lowed up by of­fi­cers last year, with po­lice chiefs blam­ing stark bud­get cuts for the pat­tern.

But Coun Gar­rido, speak­ing at Sal­ford town hall’s lat­est full meet­ing, said: “There’s a lot more that can be done by the po­lice to help solve the prob­lems.

“I think it’s about time they stopped moan­ing about re­sources and got on with the job and started or­gan­is­ing them­selves more ef­fi­ciently.”

Ear­lier, Sal­ford mayor Paul Den­nett said: “Our po­lice forces have been stripped to the bone.

“Crime is on the in­crease – up 31 per­cent in Greater Manch­ester last year.”

Mr Den­nett said the num­ber of of­fi­cers in the re­gion has been cut from 8,000 in 2008 to 6,000 to­day – and that po­lice chiefs say around 10,000 are needed ‘keep this city re­gion safe.’ Coun Gar­rido, who rep­re­sents the Booth­stown and El­len­brook, said he was con­cerned about an in­crease in thefts in his ward, but said the force as not done enough to make the best of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances.

“Lots of things have been in­tro­duced to make the po­lice more ef­fi­cient, yet all we get from the po­lice all the time is ‘less re­sources, less of­fi­cers’ and so on,” he said. “It seems to me that they need to start learn­ing to live within their means. They have to start learn­ing to use their re­sources in the best pos­si­ble way.”

Ear­lier this week, GMP’s as­sis­tant chief con­sta­ble Rob Potts said: “We pri­ori­tise our work­load to fo­cus on the most se­ri­ous crime which rep­re­sents the great­est threat, harm and risk to the pub­lic.”

Coun Robin Gar­rido

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