Greater Manchester Police Chief Superintendent Emily Higham promises to take action against the thugs terrorising Wigan residents.
In September, the 50-year-old lady was named Wigan’s district commander in a significant reorganisation of the police force.
She’s also stated her goal to clean the town’s streets, which is located just northwest of Manchester.
“There are those that are out there there raping and pillaging people walking around carrying knives and involved in organised crimes,” she stated.
“For those hardcore baddies? We’ll get your belly against my counter, because that’s what it’s about..”
“We are going to target you, we are going to arrest you, we are going to make sure that you are on our radar,” he said.
“I’m gonna seize all your assets, I’m gonna seize your granny’s flat and your mum’s car and I’m going to come and target you because you are a blight on the communities.”
In an interview with Manchester Evening News, Chief Superintendent Emily Higham characterised her new post as police chief of her hometown, which she never left, as a “dream come true.”
Chief Superintendent Emily Higham earned the moniker ‘Dirty Harriet’ during her time at Moss Side, Manchester, in honour of Clint Eastwood’s masterpiece Dirty Harry.
“I was posted to the gun and gang unit in Moss Side because I was the first female head of organised crime,” the police chief said.
“I remember saying to my husband, crying, ‘What do I know about guns and gangs? And it’s on the other side of Manchester.’
“And he said to me: ‘shut up Dirty Harriet and get on with it!’
“I’m born and bred here, I’ve never, I’ve never wanted to move. My family and friends are all here which makes it a little more special for me.
“I always work 110% but now I’ll work 150% because what I do today will affect my children tomorrow.
“I always wanted to come back to Wigan and thank you Mr Chief Constable you have delivered my dream come true and I’m still smiling.”
After the police inspectorate (HMI) produced a critical report showing the force’s inadequacies in documenting crime and safeguarding vulnerable people, Greater Manchester Police was put in special measures in December 2020.
Another investigation found that the force was functioning so poorly that it was endangering the public.
“We have to regain the trust and confidence in the communities,” Chief Superintendent Emily Higham said. “We are a force on special measures, and it’s been highly publicised that we haven’t been picking up the phone, reporting the proper amount of crimes, or getting to individuals in a timely way.”
“If you call Wigan Police, we’ll get back to you quickly and set up an appointment; we’re attempting to move to victim-led policing.”
“If there is a community in Wigan that thinks they don’t have a voice, that they aren’t receiving visible policing, or that there are tensions that we aren’t aware of, they must come forward because we can’t help communities if we don’t know about them.”