Greater Manchester’s new deputy chief constable has promised ‘back to basics’ policing and ‘a computer system that works properly’.
He has also vowed to withdraw the evacuation of more than 200 police officers who joined the neighboring Lancashire Constabulary in frustration with the GMP.
Terry Woods promised to recruit police officers from other forces, which he was offering to the people of Greater Manchester: ‘back to basics’, policing, clear leadership and a ‘computer system that works properly’.
He spoke to MEN on Friday, two days after being sworn in as GMP’s new deputy chief constable, the latest senior recruitment by Chief Constable Stephen Watson since he joined the top police force in the insurgent force in May. Took over
Mr Watson took over from former Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, who was removed from his post by Mayor Andy Burnham in December, following a worst-ever Police Inspectorate report that revealed 80,000 in just 12 months. Crimes were not properly recorded.
GMP resides in special measures.
Mr Watson has confirmed that he is ready to dig up GMP’s 27 27 million computer system, IOPS (Integrated Operational Policing System), which was installed in July 2019, some 19 months behind schedule. It has problems.
Mr Woods, who grew up in Bolton, was a special constable at the GMP but joined the Lancashire Police 25 years ago. At the time, he was considered too young to join his local force.
He has spent the last two years of his service as Deputy Chief Constable of the Lancashire Police, considered a high-performing force.
It helped recruit more than 200 angry GMP police officers who moved to the Lancashire Constabulary in the last two years.
Mr Woods, a married father who still lives near Bolton, told MEN that he joined the GMP not for personal development – he remains in the same position – but to ‘make a difference’. ‘
He said: “I have an emotional attachment to Greater Manchester and my family still lives here. I have a very strong connection to this place on a daily basis. Greater Manchester needs a Chief Constable and a Deputy Work done and we don’t learn on the job.
“It’s been a pity to see him in the last six months and read in my newspaper. I’m really sure that what I bring and what Steve brings makes our style different from what Manchester has been for so long.”
He described himself as a ‘Bobby Bobby’ who was determined to ‘really connect with the workforce’, saying he was ‘back to basics’.
Over the past few years, more than 200 experienced GMP officers have left the force and joined the Lancashire Police, and many of them, Mr. Woods, have spoken about the change in person.
Deputy Chief Constable Woods said: “I’ve talked to a lot of transfers and they all say why they’re coming. They’ve talked about the lack of direction and clarity and the IT system and They didn’t really work. In Lancashire I was focusing on the front line and so it will be here. I got around kit and digital for those who could possibly afford it and we Explain what we need to do and take care of good people
“We made it very clear. We want the bad guys to feel the power of the law and take care of the good people as if they were your own. It’s as simple as that message.”
“We did a good job, mainly in Lancashire. My job in Lancashire was to make sure that the people got the best service. I will do it here. I encourage people to come and work in Greater Manchester. Will be big and strong to do. And I think we will get them because who wouldn’t want to come and work with such issues in this wonderful professional profession? This is an incredible place for the police. We should not lose people
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“They just want to see some real clarity and leadership, giving them a computer system that works properly. I’m pretty sure we’ll make improvements here.”
Asked if he blamed former chief Ian Hopkins for the current state of the force, Mr Woods replied: “I will never comment on the past. I will not, only Ian Hopkins. Not about, and never did. This is not my place.
“I’m here to work, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Mr Woods’ appointment means the GMP currently has two deputy chief constables on payroll, the other being Ian Paling. Mr Palang is expected to leave the force at the end of his term, which is expected to fall in the fall.