Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC responds to reports that Prosecutors have been urged to ditch “weak” rape cases to improve figures.

Dame Vera Baird said “This approach is completely hostile to the principle of access to justice. The point of the CPS is to bring fair prosecutions, not to deliberately avoid bringing them and to abandon hundreds of victims, in order to make their conviction rate look better.

I would be very surprised if there isn’t a judicial review here in the public interest.

If the CPS think that this will make them look better

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Labour Conference 2018 Blog.

It was great to be at Labour Party conference in Liverpool – it’s always good to catch up with old friends, listen to debate and to see CLP delegates from across the country debating Labour Party policy and helping influence our party manifesto that may be needed sooner, rather than later.

Conference once again shows us why we need a Labour government (not just to clean up the mess the Prime Minister is making of Brexit), the Tories are failing hard working families, real wages are still lower than what they were in 2010 and millions of working families

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The sun has certainly been blazing down – in the world of politics you could be forgiven for thinking this is Theresa May’s “Summer of Discontent” – she lost Boris from the Foreign Office, she lost David from the Brexit Office, her great plan for Brexit that she drew up at Chequers is now nigh on defunct and to add to her problems, she hosted Donald Trump and inflicted him on the Queen! There is a serious point to this – this government moves from crisis to crisis and is stumbling along at the behest of MPs like Jacob

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Google and others – need to get it right!

It’s of great concern that internet providers such as Google are helping users uncover the identity of rape and sexual assault victims – who by law, have their anonymity protected for life.

Here in the North East, a case involving footballer, Adam Johnson saw his victim named on social media, (at times assisted by Google algorithm which anticipates what a person is looking for) – this is a clear a breach of the law and social media / search engine companies need to be accountable for their actions, they need to be doing far more than they

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It’s been a busy year – but the work continues to put Northumbria first.

Here we are – at the end of 2017, it’s unbelievable how quick the year has gone by! It’s certainly been a busy year with many demands.

In a couple of weeks time, I will receive Northumbria’s funding settlement from government to provide policing in our region. As you know, our force has seen the government take more than £124 million from our budget since 2010 – any further cuts will have a devastating effect on the services we provide. I have lobbied the Home Secretary to urge her to put a fair funding deal on the table

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Northumbria Police praised as ‘Good’ in latest inspection

A POSITIVE culture with an excellent understanding of the demand for its services and solid financial plans – those are the findings of the latest independent report into Northumbria Police.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has carried out its annual assessment of how well police forces are managing finances and understanding demand.

Forces were assessed against the overarching question ‘How efficient is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?’ with four possible ratings available; ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ and ‘inadequate’.

Northumbria received a ‘Good’ rating overall.

In the three separate

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Cost of meeting rising crime revealed by PCCs

The cost of meeting the rise in crime whilst investing to stem that rise and protect the public has been revealed.

Evidence gathered by PCCs and Police Chiefs shows that £440m extra is required in 2018/19 and £845m in 2019/20, an increase of 1.5% to 2% more than inflation in each year.

The Home Office asked PCCs and Police Chiefs to assess levels of stretch and resilience in the service over the summer.

The rise in funding would provide an additional 5,000 officers nationally to deal with increased local policing demands from new sorts of crime and increasing complexity,

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Neighbourhood policing – it’s my priority

Following on from last month’s Vera’s views (, I wanted to focus further on neighbourhood policing.

When I was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, I gave a commitment that I would do everything I could to protect neighbourhood policing – it’s one of the most effective ways of ensuring local police officers and community support officers engage with residents across Northumbria. Towards the end of October, Norfolk Police revealed plans to scrap all Community Support Officers (CSOs) in light of funding cuts and changing crime trends.

Despite Northumbria Police having received the biggest cut in

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Lending support to national Anti-Slavery Day today

The Commissioner, together with police and partners has been working together to tackle this important issue and wants to raise awareness of the scale of the problem that affects areas across the UK, including the north east.

Tackling modern day slavery and human trafficking is a high priority for the force and forms part of Dame Vera’s Policing Plan. Through regional networks officers are working closely with colleagues from the National Crime Agency and the Immigration Service to share intelligence and act on it.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC said: “I am pleased to see

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Leading Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has taken her demand for action to the very top of government.

In a letter to the Home Secretary, Dame Vera has demanded that extra funding be made available to Northumbria Police for the 2% pay rise announced by government for police officers.

The Government recently announced a lifting of the pay cap for police officers – but no cash to pay for it.

Northumbria Police has received the biggest cut in government grant out of all police forces in England and Wales since 2010 – a reduction of £123