Vera Baird

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It’s hard to believe that we are in the summer already – it’s certainly been a busy year so far.  I’m delighted that you are interested in finding out more about my work as Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, this website has a wealth of information.

Since November 2012, I have had responsibility for police governance.  On day one, I said I want to know what local residents think the police do well and what could be improved.  You helped shape the Police & Crime Plan (2013 – 2018) that the police are now delivering.  You can find out how they are doing this throughout the website.  The Police & Crime Plan will continue to evolve, but you’ve told me the priorities that we set in 2013 are just as important today.

Budget reductions mean that tough decisions have to be taken, but I am working hard to reduce costs across the board – starting with my own office.  The services I provide cost nearly 50% LESS than the former Police Authority, these savings have gone back in to Northumbria Police’s budget. The next few years will be as challenging as the previous ones, however, you have my assurances that I will continue to do everything within my power to protect neighbourhood policing.   Communities value the contact they have with their “local bobbies”.

As Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria I will continue to ensure Northumbria Police delivers for the residents of Northumbria, I will scrutinise their work and ensure they are delivering for communities.

If you have any comments or thoughts about what is on the website, let me know – it’s always great to hear from you.

Together we can make a difference.

Best wishes

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Vera Baird QC

Police & Crime Commissioner – Northumbria.

Updated 11th June 2015

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