Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy says he's disappointed by criticism of the way his force handles domestic violence cases. He points to the high number of arrests and the volume of recorded incidents.
He says they've been involved in a number of ground breaking initiatives to tackle the issue.
The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police says dealing with mental illness has become the number one issue for his front line officers - and the problem is getting worse.
Sir Peter Fahy said "It is a scandal that police officers are tied up and they're not available on the street to serve the public because of huge delays at A & E. Often officers are forced to spend hours waiting with patients at hospitals waiting for consultants to make a decision or find a bed."
Despite his officers not being trained to make mental health assessments Sir Peter told Granada Reports they are being called upon to carry out the roles of professionals and that it is now taking up a huge part of police work.
On behalf of Greater Manchester Police, and also personally, I want to apologise for the failings which led to the death of PC Ian Terry and express great sorrow for the pain and loss suffered by his family. We accept that there were failings in the way in which the training exercise was carried out and today we accept the sentence that has been passed.
– Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy, Greater Manchester Police
Ian was an exceptional man – a brilliant father, husband, son and brother who we will always be proud of. He was the heart of the family and always had a smile on his face. His enthusiasm for life was infectious. He was also a dedicated police officer who loved his job, and his career was progressing well within the firearms division of GMP.
The last five years have been horrendous for us. We are a patient and reasonable family and all we have wanted from day one is for those involved in this tragedy to accept their portions of responsibility for what happened to Ian on 9th June 2008.