Neighbourhood policing is dying a slow, lingering death
What did policing look like in the 1970s?
Police officers simply turned up and took details of crimes as they happened.
What houses looked like after they had been burgled.
Where a car used to be after it had been stolen.
And yet - if our force faces further budget cuts - we will find ourselves using the same model of policing that we used forty years ago.
Officers have serious concerns about their ability to carry out traditional policing tasks.
The police officer’s job spec is simple, right? We catch burglars, break up fights, stop speeding motorists and chase down drug dealers, rapists and murderers.
Yes we do that.
But we do so much more than that. It may surprise you to hear that around eight in ten calls we receive are not about crime.
We search for missing people. We look out for the vulnerable. We keep football matches safe and patrol neighbourhoods. We carry out house to house enquiries and when a major event or incident takes place, we take to the streets to provide reassurance.
And we step in to help where others cannot.
We keep people safe while they wait for mental health professionals to help them. We are specially trained so that when we are first on the scene to someone threatening suicide, we can bring them to safety.
We deliver babies and give people CPR.
We literally save lives.
But this is at risk.
We have serious concerns about our ability to carry on doing these traditional, vital duties. #WhatDoWeStop?
Greater Manchester Police has seen £145.5m cuts over the past four years and more is to come.