Peter Fahy: ‘Police waste time on non-policing matters’
GREATER Manchester’s top cop has said the police and other agencies need to become one team in the future.
Ch Con Peter Fahy said working together would help the force overcome budget cuts.
The force has to make further savings of nearly £66million and the number of police officers is expected to be cut.
He called for partners to work together to avoid “disjointed” ways of working and “countless” meetings.
He added: “If we can share some of the back office activities we can save frontline services.
“We deal with the same young people, the same families.
“We need to have radical change to make sure we are working as one team.”
He said officers are doing jobs that do not demand the expertise and skills they have.
Mr Fahy said previously the focus was on retaining 8,000 officers but it should be about using their skills effectively.
He added: “We had lots of officers and indeed they still are doing things that don’t require the skills and expertise of officers.
“We are trying to get away from police transporting prisoners. It can’t be right that officers spend five, six, seven hours in hospital waiting for a doctor to make a decision as to whether someone is admitted.”
He added: “Police are doing a lot of mental health work. They aren’t trained to do that.
“We are spending a huge amount of time dealing with people with mental health problems.”
He said the force needed to stop having police wasting time on non-policing matters.
Mr Fahy said petrol stations could stop fuel thefts and help to reduce crime by charging people before they fill up but said they will not do that because they want people to go into their shops.
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