Meet the man tasked with turning Greater Manchester Police around

GMP's new Chief Constable will be Steve Watson - leader of South Yorkshire Police.

The Manc The Manc - 24th March 2021

South Yorkshire Chief Constable Steve Watson has been chosen as the man to lead Greater Manchester Police into a new era, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The MEN published a piece on Wednesday morning revealing that Watson had been chosen from a list of three candidates for the role – which has been filled temporarily by Ian Pilling since Ian Hopkins’ departure in December.

Ex-Constable Hopkins stepped down at the end of last year after GMP entered special measures when it was revealed that over 80,000 crimes had gone unreported.

His replacement Watson has been described as “one of the most experienced senior officers in the country,” with a career spanning three decades.

He has held positions at Merseyside Police, Metropolitan Police and Durham Constabulary, as well as being appointed a senior member of the 2012 Olympic Command Team (and awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation).


Watson took the Chief Constable post at South Yorkshire Police in 2016 and was credited with turning around a “troubled” department – with the force named ‘most improved’ in the country three years in a row.

Watson’s official appointment as Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police is expected to be confirmed later today (March 24).

Feature image: South Yorkshire Police