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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Vera Baird is backing

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, and Chief Constable Steve Ashman, will be wearing something red this Friday (21, October) to support educational charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) as it marks its 20th anniversary of standing up to racism.

They will be joined by officers and staff who will be backing the campaign by adding a touch of colour to their outfits with red items such as socks, shoe laces or scarves.

‘Wear Red Day’ is a national campaign that will see supporters from up and down the country dressing in red and donating a

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PCC Vera Baird – delighted Wildlife Crime Unit has been saved from closure

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has expressed delight at news that the UK’s specialist unit for wildlife law enforcement will continue, following a successful national campaign to prevent its closure.

It was feared that The Wildlife Crime Unit, which tackles wildlife crime would be forced to close at the end of March due to Government funds being axed. However, on Tuesday, March 1st, it was announced that four years’ worth of funding has been secured keeping it open until 2020.

Vera Baird, said: “This is a great victory for campaigners. The Government had to be

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Keeping cops on the beat.

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 10p per week for a band D property. The Chief Constable confirms that this figure which is £5 per year will enable him to retain 100 officers over the spending review period of four years.

Following public consultation, which was mainly complimentary about the police and supportive of the rise, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, said:

“Despite Chancellor Osborne saying that he was not cutting funding

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PRESS RELEASE: Commissioner Baird celebrates Living Wage Week.

 

Commissioner Baird and Derek Bellis at Forth Banks Police Station, Newcastle

Commissioner joins the celebrations for Living Wage week

Northumbria Police is joining in with the Living Wage celebrations this week after almost a year as an official Living Wage employer.

Living Wage week, which this year runs from November 2 to 8, will again celebrate Living Wage employers and the employees who benefit.

The Living Wage is different to the minimum wage and is based on the amount someone needs to earn to cover the basic cost of living.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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Britain Needs A Pay Rise – TUC Campaign

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is encouraging people to support the TUC as it urges ‘Britain needs a pay rise’.

This Saturday, 18 October, a march supporting the living wage takes place in London with other demonstrations also happening across the country.

Vera Baird said: “I’m supporting the TUC’s principal of the demonstration which is quite simple – that as growth returns to the UK economy, everyone should get a fairer share in this recovery.

“People are currently facing the biggest squeeze on their incomes since Victorian times and wages have fallen in real terms every year

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