Greater Manchester Police's chief constable quits after force placed in special measures

THE chief constable of Greater Manchester Police has quit after the force was put in special measures.

It failed to record more than 80,000 crimes in a year.

A higher proportion of violent crime was not recorded, including domestic abuse and harassment, stalking and coercive control.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services last week said it was “deeply troubled” by how cases were closed without proper investigation.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “These are challenging times for Greater Manchester Police.

“The force has a long-term strategic plan to address the issues raised by the HMIC.

“I believe this plan should be led by a chief constable who can oversee it from start to finish.

“Considering what is best for GMP and the communities we serve, and given my current ill health, I have decided to stand down from the post of chief constable with immediate effect.”

He has been in charge of nearly 7,000 officers since 2015.

Deputy chief constable Ian Pilling takes over for now.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham accused the force of having an “overly defensive culture”.

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