Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police

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Company Detail

Greater Manchester Police was formed in 1974, serving more than 2.5 million people and covering an area of 500 square miles. GMP is split into 12 divisions – Bolton, Bury, Metropolitan, North Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, South Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. There is also a specialist division based at Manchester International Airport. This Forensic-Jobs page should not be used for crime reporting.

In an emergency you should call 999. For all other reports, you should call 101.

Chief Constable

Ian Hopkins

Ian joined Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in April 2008 on promotion to Assistant Chief Constable. He started his career in Staffordshire Police in 1989 and has served in Northamptonshire and Cheshire Police. In 2011 he undertook a three-month secondment as syndicate director for the Strategic Command Course. He was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of GMP in December 2011 with responsibility for Force performance, the Force Change Programme and Corporate Communications. He was appointed as Chief Constable of GMP in October 2015.

Ian has experience of leading major change in a large complex organisation, managing large scale events such as Party Political Conferences, high profile football matches, significant protests, firearms incidents and critical incidents.

Ian has an MBA (distinction), Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is the NPCC lead for both the Policing of Party Political Conferences and Workforce Representation and Diversity. He is a non-executive Director of the College of Policing, a Trustee of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, The Police Treatment Centres and Cash for Kids. Ian has also led four volunteer programmes to Ethiopia working with street children and the Ethiopian Police.

Ian was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Birthday Honours 2016.


Deputy Chief Constable

Ian Pilling

Ian began his policing career at Lancashire Police in 1990. He has worked in three different forces in a variety of uniformed roles.

He was promoted to Superintendent in 2006 and performed several senior command roles in Merseyside, including BCU Commander at Sefton, before promotion to ACC in 2012. During this time he has commanded several high profile events including the Grand National in 2014 and 2015.

In January 2016, Ian became Deputy Chief Constable for GMP where his current portfolio includes Professional Standards and External Relations and Performance.

Ian has a Masters degree in Police Leadership and is the National Policing Lead for Vulnerable Adults.


Assistant Chief Constable

Debbie Ford

Prior to GMP Debbie served with Northumbria Police for 22 years.

Whilst working for Northumbria Police, Debbie held the post of Assistant Chief Constable for 8 months with responsibility for Protective Services. This included the Crime Department; Operations Command which covered Firearms and Road Policing; Victim and Prosecution Services and Custody provision.

Prior to this role, Debbie was the Chief Superintendent Head of Crime where her key responsibilities were public protection, serious and organised crime, intelligence, homicide and major enquiries, cover operations and prosecution support. Debbie is a strategic firearms commander and Gold Public Order Commander.


Assistant Chief Constable

Rob Potts

Rob was appointed ACC in April 2016.  Since joining GMP in 1992 he has worked on a number of division/branches including being the Divisional Commander for South Manchester  between 2009 and 2014 following a period of time as Temporary Divisional Commander at Salford. During that time he was a member of the Manchester Community Safety Partnership Board as well as chairing the Manchester Violent Gangs Board. His time at South Manchester involved significant change including the merger of the South Manchester and Metropolitan Divisions and the piloting of a new policing model.

Rob grew up in Greater Manchester and attended school in Bury before studying for an Economics Degree. He subsequently obtained a Masters Degree in Police Management and Leadership from the University of Manchester.


Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Annette Anderson

Annette is an Assistant Chief Constable with Greater Manchester Police with responsibility for Public Contact, Specialist Operations and Intelligence.

Annette has 25 years service and has worked in GMP for 13 years and previously worked in the Metropolitan Police for 12 years.  She has worked in a variety of operational roles including Superintendent in Salford and Divisional Commander of Rochdale.  Annette has also led on a number of Strategic Change Programmes.

In 2014, Annette was seconded to HMICFRS as Deputy Director of Protecting Vulnerable People.  She led on the National Child Protection Inspections and worked to develop the Joint Targeted Area Inspections with other inspectorates.  Other areas of responsibility included a national thematic inspection of missing and absent children.

On return to GMP in February 2016, Annette has held the position of Head of Professional Standards.

Annette has a Masters degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes

Chris Sykes is a temporary Assistant Chief Constable in Greater Manchester police where he has worked for the last 23 years. His current responsibilities are for the Information Services Transformation Programme – a huge programme transforming the way that Greater Manchester Police uses information services to protect its communities. He has a passion for leading change particularly through the use of new technologies.

Previously, Chris was the Head of Local Policing and Criminal Justice based at Greater Manchester Police’s headquarters. He was responsible for Public Service reform, Neighbourhoods, Confidence and Equality, and Criminal Justice and Custody.

Chris is an experienced operational commander. Over the years he has led policing in Bury, Rochdale and Stockport, and previously held senior roles in Manchester and Oldham.

Chris is a strategic firearms commander and gold and silver, public order commander.


Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson


Russ is currently the Chief Officer responsible for Counter Terrorism Policing in the North West (CTPNW).  TP is an alliance of forces across the country and the North West forces of Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire form the NW region.

CTPNW comprises around 1,000 staff from across the NW forces who work with the Security Service (MI5) to keep the country safe from terrorism.

Russ has worked in CT for two years with previous roles of Head of Crime for GMP and Borough Commander in several of GMP’s districts.  Largely a detective throughout his career, Russ has worked in a variety of specialist roles including homicide investigation.

Russ was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2018.

Assistant Chief Officer

Lynne Potts

Lynne joined GMP in January 2003 as Force Finance Director and was promoted to Assistant Chief Officer in September that year.

Lynne was a qualified teacher before becoming a chartered accountant. After working in London, she moved to posts in the NHS in the North West and in 1995 became Deputy Director of Finance at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

In 1998 she was appointed Director of Finance at South Warwickshire General Hospitals where she was also responsible for HR.

She is a member of the ACPO Finance, Business resources and Information management areas and takes the national lead on fleet management. She chairs the Police National Network 3 user committee and is a member of the business design authority for PND.