We are pleased to introduce this strategy which sets out how, through the ground- breaking Programme Challenger, we intend to tackle serious and organised crime in all its forms in Greater Manchester.
The strategy builds on the numerous achievements Programme Challenger has made since its inception in 2013. Greater Manchester has been held up nationally as leading the way in the ght against serious and organised crime, and we are determined to keep up the pressure on criminals and to make our communities safer and stronger.
Organised criminality causes signi cant harm to individuals, families and communities. The crimes perpetrated by organised criminal gangs are abhorrent, often involving extreme violence, threats and intimidation. Their victims can be amongst the most vulnerable people in our society, targeted by loan sharks, drug dealers, tra ckers and slavers. We have a duty to safeguard and support them as we loosen the grip of organised criminality on individuals and communities.
At a time when public funds are under signi cant strain, we are investing more resources than ever into protecting victims of these crimes and bringing perpetrators to justice. It is clear that Greater Manchester Police cannot deal with this problem alone, which is why Programme Challenger is rooted in partnership collaboration,
bringing together organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors in ever more creative and unique examples of cooperation and targeted action.
We are very proud of the achievements of Programme Challenger and would like to thank local people for their support. However, we recognise that there is still more to do. All agencies involved in Programme Challenger are committed to continued learning, growth and development by listening to victims and our communities. We are determined to do everything in our power to eradicate these problems from all communities of Greater Manchester and send a clear message to organised criminal gangs that they are not welcome here.
Baroness Beverley Hughes
Deputy Mayor responsible for police and crime
Councillor Tamoor Tariq
Chair of the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel