The new national non-emergency number 101 has been launched in Greater Manchester today (Wednesday 23 November), making it easier for people to report crime and disorder.
It is now the number that members of the public should call when they want to contact GMP when it’s less urgent than 999.
101, which is already live in several forces has also launched today in Cheshire and Merseyside. It is being rolled out across the country and will be available in all forces in England and Wales by the end of this year.
The number will work by re-directing people’s calls from wherever they are in the country to their nearest police force.
The launch of the new single non-emergency number is part of a national project to make access to the police easier and to reduce non-appropriate use of 999. Until now, each UK Police Force has had a different non-emergency number, most of them equally hard to remember such as GMP’s 0161 872 5050.
Alongside 999 and 101 calls, calls to GMP’s existing non-emergency number will continue to be received by officers and staff at their Operational Communications Branch.
GMP have requested that people please help spread the word about 101.
Calls to 101 will cost a flat-rate of 15p.