The new chief superintendent for Bury has outlined his priorities for the role and vowed to respond to every crime.

Chris Hill was recently installed in the role and addressed a range of issues when he attended a full council meeting of the local authority.

He also answered questions around burglary, police response times and issues which have occurred recently at the Metrolink stations.

The chief supt, who was addressing Bury Council shortly after taking up the new role in the area, identified what he saw his role as being.

He said: “I’m here to lead on policing to ensure that we have got officers in the right place and in the right time to ensure our communities are safe and when a member of our community is the unfortunate victim that they get an excellent service, it really is that simple.

“My other priority clearly is to work with partners, our strategic partners, the main one being the local authority.

“I have had a really warm welcome, I feel welcome here at Bury and I feel there is a family feeling not only within the police and the police and response that I have over across the road but also with the relationship with myself and the council and long may it continue.”

He did however identify Operation Saturn as an area where this could improve.

The task, launched last November, is part of a effort to crackdown on antisocial hotspots after a string of troubling incidents in Bury.

He said this was something he brought in when he started the role four weeks ago.

He said there was a roadmap to improvement across GMP and there was a plan to make them the “best force in the country” and he had a local plan to make Bury “the best police force across Greater Manchester.”

He then addressed the issue of underreporting of crime.

He said: “The chief constable was really clear when he took over nearly a year ago, we will investigate every crime where the is information and intelligence and a positive element to it.

“That is also in relation to burglary.

“Burglary before there was not 100 per cent attendance at every burglary, whether there was any evidence we could take forward at the start.

“Here at Bury with 100 per cent of burglary reported, if they are reported, you will see a police officer and a PSCO and we will investigate every recording of burglary, that’s across the Metropolitan Borough of Bury.

“My ask of all communities is that you do ensure that you feed into the machine any information intelligence, it will be acted upon, we will respond to it.”

Chief Supt Hill said intelligence had allowed police to respond and act with Metrolink staff to detain youths at Radcliffe station who were intent on causing antisocial behaviour.

He said they were not good at is “promulgating good news” of police and local authorities and they would be missed by people who did not use social media.

The chief superintendent was ask a question about crime statistics, stating that in 2016 it was easy to Google and find detailed crime and detection rates across all of the Radcliffe wards, that prosecution rates were low then but it was no longer possible to find these local figures.

He said: “We are now in a situation were we do have that information intelligence, it is coming through, I have various documentation in front of me, so I want to give the public and confidence, satisfaction and reassurance that I do have the data to ensure my officers are in the right place and the right time.”

He said there was recent response to burglary where officers were placed in a plain clothed operation and the next night individuals harming the community were detained.

Councillor Richard Gold, a cabinet member for communities, said that the implementation of the new police computer system figures and statistics were not deemed reliable enough to be used.

He said they were pushing police and have had assurances from police they would be able to publicise figures when the governance of the new system had been worked out.

The Chief Supt also spoke in relation to response times.

He said: “We will respond to incident, to give you the confidence, in relation to 999 calls here at Bury we respond to our 999s well within the national average, we will answer the phone on 999s and 101s, it has been alluded to over the last couple of years if you had phoned the police you might have been waiting a while.

“I can give you the confidence now, the figures of last week – the average speed of answer for a 999 was 16 seconds and the average speed for a 101 was two minutes.”