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      Greater Manchester Police hope ‘New Tricks’ cops will boost fight against crime

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 14, 2023

      GMP relies on a “new tricks” approach to reinforce the thin blue line. As in the long-running television drama, the force hopes that the return of retired officers with knowledge gained from years of service will help fight crime.

      In the show, which ran for 12 years and starred Amanda Redman, James Bolam, Alun Armstrong and Dennis Waterman, old cops were brought in to investigate unsolved crimes. GMP has done the same in the past to help with its Cold Case Unit and support for the Major Incident Team.

      But now the force has recruited thirty former officers, who will be used in various departments. One returning officer is Detective Chief Inspector Lee Hopwood, who spent almost 30 years with GMP in Rochdale and Oldham, last working on counter-terrorism.

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      He will take on a new role in the GMP Investigations Inspection Team to work behind the scenes and advise on ongoing investigations. DCI Hopwood, 52, who originally joined the force in 1992, said: “I spent 29 1/2 years in GMP and wasn’t really ready to leave, and came back after a month as a civilian to teach students. of detectives. . I did that for a year, but when I saw an opportunity to return to the force, I jumped at it. All of the returning officers bring a tremendous amount of experience to the table, experience that would otherwise be lost.”

      A group of 15 officers with a combined service of more than 400 years rejoined the force this month. The group was made up of nine PCs, five sergeants and a Detective Chief Inspector with previous CID, firearms, child protection and road policing experience.

      GMP currently has 7,942 police officers on duty, up from 6,787 in November 2019. More than 8,000 are expected by the end of March.


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