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.
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.
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
Being a police officer is a "vocation" and "not just a job", according to the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police days after two of his officers were murdered.
Sir Peter Fahy referred to the force as a "family" and expressed the importance of prayer after the "very, very dark day" on which Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, and Pc Fiona Bone, 32, were killed.
The Chief Constable says a prayer vigil will take place for both his staff and the public one week on from the killings.
In an interview with BBC One's Songs of Praise, he said: "Greater Manchester police is a family and to have lost two colleagues this week in awful violent circumstances has just been devastating for the whole force and a very, very dark day.
"I think a lot of us feel passionately that policing is a vocation."