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  • North East PCCs call for debate to reduce alcohol consumption. Wednesday February 17th, 2016:   A major conference in Durham today has called for changes in the licensing laws for alcohol. The key outcomes of the conference are expected to form the basis of a debate ...
  • PCC Vera Baird says In Northumbria sex abuse complainants will be believed as all other complainants are Thursday February 11th, 2016:   Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, is in complete disagreement with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe who has suggested that police should not believe sex abuse complainants, ...
  • David Cameron a man of many words and little action Monday February 08th, 2016: David Cameron has today said that prison reform has been a “scandalous failure” for years and has pledged  to make it the “great progressive cause” of politics.  Ironically, the Prime ...
  • Keeping cops on the beat. Friday February 05th, 2016: The Police and Crime Panel for Northumbria have unanimously approved the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposed increase to the police precept (the police element of the council tax) of ...
  • Vera Baird urges Home Secretary to take action. Tuesday February 02nd, 2016:   Following news that American blogger Daryush Valizadeh known as Roosh V has organised rallies in various cities across the world this weekend, including Newcastle, Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera ...
  • Christmas Message from Vera Baird QC Wednesday December 23rd, 2015: Christmas is an opportunity when most people get to spend time with their families and friends, we get to enjoy ourselves, reminisce about what has happened over the year and ...
  • Remarkable U-turn forced on government by PCCs. Friday November 27th, 2015: Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, commenting on today’s Spending Review in which the Chancellor agreed to protect police funding in real terms over the next four years said: “This ...
  • WINNER – Living Wage Leadership Award 2015 Monday November 02nd, 2015: Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, has been chosen as the winner of the Living Wage Leadership Award 2015 for the North East region. The Living Wage Foundation organise these ...
  • ‘Surrender your Knife’ Friday October 23rd, 2015: Three regional Forces are joining together to raise awareness of the dangers of knife-related crime and ensure we all stay safe. Northumbria, Cleveland, and Durham Police are working with the ‘Surrender ...
  • Challenges Facing Policing. Wednesday September 23rd, 2015: When the House of Commons returns, one of the first jobs MPs will have to do is to respond to George Osborne’s proposed cuts of up to 40% to government ...
  • Trade Union Bill. Friday September 18th, 2015: Trade Union Bill 18th September 2015 A few days ago, Parliament debated the Trade Union Bill. I expressed my grave reservations that the Bill gives the regulator (the certification officer) powers to ...
  • Commissioner Baird speaks out on helping victims of domestic abuse Tuesday September 08th, 2015: Domestic abuse is not usually a one-off violent attack. More often it is a deliberate long-term use of coercion to control every part of someone’s life, It can be sexual ...
  • Male Victims of Domestic Violence Supported by Commissioner Funding Friday August 21st, 2015: More male victims of domestic abuse will receive help and support following funding from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird. Commissioner Baird has awarded £2,000 to Community Counselling Cooperative from ...
  • Resolve to continue pressure on drink and drug drivers Saturday July 25th, 2015: Northumbria Police’s Commissioner and Chief Constable have spoken of their great concern following newly published figures showing people are still risking lives through drink or drug driving. But they have promised ...
  • Commissioner calls for profits to come to the region. Wednesday July 22nd, 2015: Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has joined North Rock Foundation Chairman Alastair Balls’ call to the Chancellor to consider a “reasonable and fair” proportion of profits made ...
  • Changing the Policing Landscape Thursday June 25th, 2015: The Policing Landscape. Policing is at the heart of all communities, it creates safety and promotes confidence. However, the landscape on which policing in England and Wales is carried out ...
  • Commissioner Welcomes Firearms Licensing Fee Increase Wednesday March 25th, 2015: Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has welcomed the announced increase in firearms licensing fees. The Home Office announced the increases on Thursday which are said to create a fairer ...
  • HMIC Report Stop and Search Powers 2: Are the police using them fairly and effectively? Wednesday March 25th, 2015: Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria has welcomed a new report into the use of police Stop and Search powers. In December 2014, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary ...
  • COMMISSIONER WELCOMES HMIC REPORT – VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND ADULTS NEED CARE, NOT CUSTODY. Wednesday March 11th, 2015: Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has welcomed an HMIC report which finds that children need care, not custody. In January 2014, the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to conduct a ...
  • Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes findings of Commons Education Committee Wednesday February 18th, 2015: The Commons Education Committee inquiry has reported that all schools in England should have to teach sex and relationships education (SRE) – this is an issue that Vera Baird has ...
  • Vera Baird addressing national conference on the Investigation and Prosecution of Rape Thursday January 29th, 2015: Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, will be addressing a national conference in London on Wednesday 28th January, which will be focusing on the Investigation and Prosecution of ...
  • Commissioner Asks Public Advice on the 2015/16 Police Precept Tuesday January 20th, 2015: Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner is asking for the views of local residents on the amount of money households are asked to pay for its policing service. “As your Commissioner I ...
  • Northumbria Police – Top 100 employer for LGBT people. Tuesday January 20th, 2015: Northumbria Police has been recognised as one of the top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain. The news, which was welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner ...
  • RSPB PRESS RELEASE – Police Commissioner fund helps protect Northumberland wildlife sanctuary Tuesday January 06th, 2015: PRESS RELEASE – Police Commissioner fund helps protect Northumberland wildlife sanctuary A community fund, set up by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC, has awarded the RSPB a grant ...
  • Open Letter to Mike Ashley re Ched Evans. Tuesday January 06th, 2015: Open letter from: Vera Baird QC, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria To: Mr Mike Ashley, Sports Direct Mr Mike Ashley Newcastle United Football Club St James Park Newcastle upon Tyne     5th January 2015.   Dear Mr ...
  • Ed Miliband’s New Year Message Wednesday December 31st, 2014: “I want to wish you a very Happy New Year, from my family to yours. This is the season for new beginnings and hopes for the future. And Britain is ...
  • The unacceptable situation at Yarl’s Wood calls for an independent inquiry. Wednesday December 17th, 2014:   It is right that Labour has committed to hold an inquiry.                 Photo: Getty:  A security guard at the gates of Yarl’s Wood. Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, is right to have ...
  • Women & Girls Football Derby Monday December 15th, 2014: Girls from John Spence Community High School in North Shields represented Newcastle United Foundation against Biddick College in Sunderland in a 7v7 football match.  The game was organised as part of ...
  • A Labour Government will put women’s safety centre stage Wednesday December 10th, 2014: The Labour Women’s Safety Commission launch a new report today, as well as announcing a series of regional summits on girls’ and young women’s safety  To mark International Human Rights Day ...
  • Leading Labour’s commitment to women at the next General Election – Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner Wednesday December 10th, 2014: Vera Baird QC, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, will today release the findings of a report which will influence the next Labour Government’s agenda on delivering for women across ...
  • Vera’s View – Changes to police bail. Wednesday December 03rd, 2014: The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 gave police the power to bail someone who has been arrested while they investigate an allegation.Its authors could never have imagined that today ...
  • Ahead of the Autumn Statement – How Labour will make a difference, Wednesday December 03rd, 2014:   The mood of Britain last week was to enjoy “Black Friday” that became Black weekend as shoppers headed to stores and online to grab a bargain or two.   Today could become ...
  • PRESS RELEASE: Domestic abuse. Children can learn by example. Saturday November 29th, 2014:   ‘Children can learn by example’ – that’s the message of Northumbria Police and Vera Baird’s campaign tackling domestic violence over the festive period.Launched on Thursday 27th November, the forcewide initiative asks ...
  • Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner welcomes White Ribbon Day (25th November 2014) Monday November 24th, 2014: Vera Baird QC, Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner welcomes 2014 White Ribbon Day and calls on men across the North East to take a stand against domestic violence as part ...
  • Restorative Justice – Making A Difference in Northumbria Friday November 21st, 2014: Restorative Justice really does make a difference – here is a story from the Evening Chronicle about how it made a difference to two ladies in Whitley Bay.     
  • Vera Baird welcomes visa ban Thursday November 20th, 2014: Vera Baird welcomes visa ban Vera Baird has welcomed the news that US self-styled ‘dating coach’ Julien Blanc has been denied a visa to visit the UK. The Northumbria Police and Crime ...
  • Northumbria receiving national recognition Thursday November 20th, 2014: Special mention was made of the work being undertaken by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird by the Home Secretary Theresa May at the Association of Police and Crime ...
  • Commissioner joins call to ban controversial US figure Wednesday November 19th, 2014: Vera Baird is backing the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper’s call to prevent a US self-styled ‘dating coach’ from coming to the UK. Julien Blanc, who has hit the headlines because ...
  • Putting Victims First Wednesday November 19th, 2014: Commissioners put victims first Police and crime commissioners across England and Wales are championing the rights of victims, having recently taken on responsibility for commissioning services to support them in ...
  • National Restorative Justice Week Monday November 17th, 2014: Focus must be on victim says Commissioner This week marks National Restorative Justice Week and here in the Northumbria Police region victims are being put at the heart of this work. Leading ...