Greater Manchester Police are one of the worst police forces in the UK to answer non-emergency 101 calls, a Freedom of Information request has found. 

Mancunian Matters report: 

Non-emergency calls to Greater Manchester Police had one of the slowest answering times in England and Wales last year, new figures reveal.

The average time GMP took to answer a call to the specialised 101 number was 35 seconds – second worst nationally – while only 51% were answered within 30 seconds.

Greater Manchester Police refuted the January-October 2012 statistics however, insisting they have answered 71.35% of 101 calls within 30 seconds this year, exceeding their personal target of 70%.

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