Urgent message from the Chief Constable about raised policing threat level

Every day we meet and provide assistance to people across Greater Manchester who turn to us for help when they are in need.

Today the national threat level to any individual connected to policing has been increased to substantial. We all need to take sensible precautions to keep ourselves and our colleagues safe. It is important that we are alert and always keep personal safety at the forefront of our thoughts.

There is no specific intelligence relating to any area of the country or any suspect thought to be planning an attack. The increase in the threat level relates to messages put out by certain extremist groups overseas on social media.

Essentially we all need to be alert to our surroundings and if we have concerns then we need to raise them. We have reviewed the security of all police buildings in light of the raised threat level.

It is important that we continue to police Greater Manchester with fairness and show respect for all our communities. We demonstrate dedication, patience and compassion on a daily basis and this must remain central to what we do.

There are some key reminders that we all need to be aware of detailed below.

If you have any concerns or queries please discuss them with your line manager or contact the custody silver who will link to Force specialists.

If you feel concerned and need support you can telephone CIC - the Force's counselling provider on their helpline by calling 0800 085 1376. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Further information about the support available can be found on the People Pages on the Force Intranet for guidance

  • Ensure you are wearing and have access to Personal Protective Equipment issued to you in line with Force policy
  • Ensure your radio is charged and working
  • Supervisors and managers should ensure they know where their staff are at all times
  • Let the control room know of any incidents you are dealing with and any issues or concerns
  • Be extra vigilant when arriving or leaving police buildings especially when on foot
  • Remove lanyards and name badges when out of police buildings
  • Continue to be alert when off duty or not at work

Above all use common sense and experience and take sensible precautions. Assess situations and ask for assistance if you have any concerns.


Sir Peter Fahy
Chief Constable

  • Broadstone Hall Road South, Reddish, Stockport, SK5 7DE
  • Tel: 0161 355 4400       Fax: 0161 355 4410
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