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News February 2015

North Shields bully victim is helping others in a scheme set up by North Tyneside Council – Article by the Evening Chronicle 26th February 2015

Dragged out of his wheelchair and punched black and blue, Des Baldwin knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a bully. Now Des is putting his nightmare experiences to good use and is helping others...

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Commissioner Baird Points to “Very Strict” Policy on Taser Use 25th February 2015

Vera Baird, Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has pointed to the extremely strict policy of the Northumbria force on taser use and said even occasions where the devices are drawn from their holders are electronically logged and later reviewed...

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Trailblazing North East Women Held up as Inspiration for Newcastle Law Students 25th February 2015

North east trailblazers Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, and Cris McCurley, Gateshead solicitor and campaigner against domestic violence, are among the women being celebrated as ‘Inspirational women of the law’ in a new exhibition opening...

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South Tyneside Council Press Release Regarding New South Shields Neighbourhood Policing Base 24th February 2015

The Leader of South Tyneside Council has welcomed the decision that neighbourhood police officers will remain at the heart of the community they serve with a switch to new premises. Northumbria Police officers are set to move into former...

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Vera Baird Praised at Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture 20th February 2015

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird was given a special mention in the Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture by the Home Secretary. The Commissioner’s work in championing ending violence against women and girls was mentioned at the yearly...

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Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Welcomes Findings of Commons Education Committee 18th February 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 campaigned about for many years. The Northumbria Police and...

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Vera Baird Supports Calls to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation 18th February 2015

High quality relationships and sex education must become part of the national curriculum to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation, Vera Baird has said. The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner has long supported the education of schoolchildren about the problem of...

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Northumbria PCC Rape Scrutiny Panel 13th February 2015

I’m determined that Northumbria continues to implement innovative new measures aimed at improving the conduct and outcomes of rape trials.  To achieve this, in January 2015 I launched the Rape Scrutiny Panel The panel consists of ten specially-trained volunteers...

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Commissioner Attends Special Conference to Launch the UK’s First Census of Women Killed by Men 13th February 2015

Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, attended a special conference in London launching the UK’s first census of women killed by men. The Femicide Census Conference brought together experts on fatal male violence towards women. It...

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Delivering policing in Northumbria 6th February 2015

A proposal to apply a small increase to the police element (precept) of Council Tax has been supported by the Northumbria Police & Crime Panel today. Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC, asked for the views of...

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