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Fahy: Court process 'more traumatic than offence'

Sir Peter Fahy has said that some people find the court process more traumatic than the original offence they claim to have suffered.

The Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable said:

"We may have to look at the whole system of justice and the way that we deal with victims who've been through such an awful process. Because clearly for some they are finding the court process almost more traumatic than the original offence that they were subject to."

Police chief: Brits returning from Syria of 'huge concern'

The chief constable of Greater Manchester Police has said there is "huge concern" that Britons returning from Syria could pose a threat when they are back in the UK.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Sir Peter Fahy said those stopped at the border would be put into "programmes" run by police and local agencies to "try and make sure they're not a threat to this country".

He said that returning UK nationals "may well be charged and investigated" as well.

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Police: Britons returning from Syria 'could be arrested'

Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy of Greater Manchester Police has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that British people returning from Syria are being stopped at the border and in some cases arrested.

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'We are stopping people from going out' to fight in #Syria & arresting those coming back says Ch Const Sir Peter Fahy of @gmpolice #r4today

Police chief need not appear in court personally

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy is accused of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act as he is "corporation sole" for the force, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

This is a legal status and means that he does not share criminal liability or will personally have to appear in court.

CPS: 'Serious deficiencies' in lead up to shooting

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said:

We have completed our review of the evidence provided by the Independent Police Complaints Commission in relation to the death of Anthony Grainger.

After careful consideration we have decided that the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, should be prosecuted as a corporation sole for failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

In addition to every employer’s responsibility towards their employees, the law also imposes a duty to ensure that work is carried out in a way that ensures, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons outside of their employment are not exposed to risk.

The chief officers of police forces are treated as employers for this purpose.

It is alleged that there were serious deficiencies in the preparation for this operation that unnecessarily exposed individuals to risk.

Criminal proceedings are active and the defendant has the right to a fair trial.

It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.

– Alison Saunders, DPP

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Police chief charged over shooting of unarmed man

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy will be charged over an alleged health and safety breach linked to the shooting of unarmed Anthony Grainger in March 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Anthony Grainger, 36, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest in 2012. Credit: IPCC

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Greater Manchester Police must save £145.5m

Greater Manchester Police needs to save £145.5 million over the four years of the spending review until March 2015. Today, the force's Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy revealed that only 40 per cent of crimes were being actively investigated at any one time due to a lack of resources.

Greater Manchester Police need to save £145.5m before March 2015. Credit: Press Association

A report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) this summer stated how the force had planned to cut police officer numbers by 19 per cent before the 2015 deadline.

Over the first two years of the spending review, recorded crime (excluding fraud) fell by 19 per cent. The figure for England and Wales is 13 per cent, the report stated. Victim satisfaction remains high at 85.1 per cent which is broadly in line with other forces.

But in 2012/13, Greater Manchester Police received more emergency and priority calls from the public, and deal with more crime per head of population than other forces in England and Wales.

Police chief: Zero tolerance would fail to reduce crime

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy dismissed claims a zero tolerance approach to crime would protect the public better.

Successful policing is "about targeting offenders", examining crimes that have taken place and using intelligence to "look at the active criminals", he told Daybreak.

Sir Peter was speaking after his claim 60 per cent of reported crimes were not being pursued by the force at any one time because officers had to "concentrate on the most serious crimes".

Most crime committed by 'persistent' offenders

Most crime is committed by the same people and it therefore makes sense to focus police efforts in that direction, according to the chief of Greater Manchester Police.

Most crime is committed by a group of active, persistent offenders... we balance between investigating offences after they have happened and targeting those who we know are out there every day, looking for criminal opportunities ...

In the police we have to concentrate on the most serious crimes and those where there are lines of investigation likely to produce evidence of the offender.

This translates into about 40% of crime being actively pursued at any time.

– Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police
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