Remarkable U-turn forced on government by PCCs.

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 is a remarkable u turn. Only a few days ago sources close to the Chancellor showed him determined to cut policing by up to 25% again, giving rise to fear that we would lose much of the neighbourhood policing our public values so highly.

“A concerted campaign by police and by Police and Crime Commissioners of both major political parties, heavily supported by the public has made George

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Vera’s View – Changes to police bail.

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 there would be an estimated 70,000 people on police bail and that 5,000 of those have been on bail for more than 6 months.

A growing number of politicians, lawyers and former ministers have demanded reform. There are no time limits, which can punish people by restricting their freedom when there is only suspicion against them, not even a charge. The police can add conditions,for instance a curfew, a

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Northumbria receiving national recognition

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 Commissioners’ Annual Conference in Harrogate.

Mrs May was recognising the work of Commissioners from across England and Wales when she made special mention of the Northumbria Commissioner.

The Home Secretary was talking about engaging with local communities and recognised that Commissioners such as Mrs Baird had raised the profile of the role and shown that they could make a difference.

She said: “As Vera Baird, the Police and Crime

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