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  • What we do:
    GMP is a law enforcement agency, committed to putting people first by relentlessly pursuing criminals and making Greater Manchester a safe place to live, work and socialise.
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    North West

About Greater Manchester Police

DEALING WITH CRIMINALS and facing up to dangerous and harrowing situations — not everyone's idea of a dream job, but all in a day's work for frontline police officers charged with keeping order in one of Britain's biggest metropolitan areas.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) regards the values of courage, compassion, integrity, professionalism and respect as being at the core of what its 13,517 employees do.

It has been a difficult two years for the force since its former chief constable, Michael Todd, was found dead on Mount Snowdon in north Wales in March 2008. One of the ways in which the GMP has overcome such adversity is by trying to ensure its officers and civilian staff are looked after as well as possible.

Officers and staff are, as a result, among the most stress-free of the UK's seven best large public sector organisations, with a positive 68% score ranking them third. They do not feel overly under pressure in the workplace (64%, another top three ranking) and say their health is not suffering (66%).

Working across 93 sites, GMP employees cover an area of 500 square miles, serving more than 2.5m people, and a police officer takes home on average £29,000 a year. GMP staff feel they can play a part in the force's success (70%) but also recognise the need for teamwork, with people going out of their way to help one another (71%). As well as concern for colleagues (70%), they care greatly about the service they are providing the public (91%) and go as far as to say they love working for the police force (63%).

Peter Fahy became chief constable following the death of Todd. As head of workforce development for the Association of Chief Police Officers, Fahy knows a thing or two about managing staff. Employees say he runs the force on sound moral principles (65%) and inspires them (52%), both of these scores beaten by just one other big organisation. They see the force as making a real difference to Mancunians (69%).

What is it like to work for Greater Manchester Police

The Chief Constable took the opportunity to clearly state his vision for Greater Manchester Police to all of the senior leaders of the force at an all day event. He demonstrates good moral values and a clear sense of public duty displaying a good balance of doing the best for the people of Greater Manchester and leading on a national stage.
A family and dependent’s leave policy helps to encourage a positive work-life balance through allowing parental leave and time off to care for dependents whenever the situation arises. Women’s and men’s health roadshows are conducted to promote healthy living and general health checks which include cholesterol tests are available from the occupational health section.
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There are a range of awards that employees can be nominated for to make them feel valued within Greater Manchester Police. The Chief Constable has excellence awards at division and branch level and also hands out the Chief Constable’s Commendation whilst other awards include Bravery awards and Special Constable of The Year. People are also recognised and rewarded for loyalty to the force through long service and good conduct medals and lapel badges.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

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  • Male : Female:

    62% / 38%

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