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News January 2016

The Commissioner’s Response to the Justice Committee Inquiry – Restorative Justice 31st January 2016

Vera Baird QC response to the Justice Committee Inquiry about Restorative Justice. Progress made by the government to introduce the Restorative Justice Action Plan I completely agree with and support the Ministry of Justice’s vision for good quality, victim-focused...

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The Commissioner’s Response to the Justice Committee Inquiry – The Role of the Magistracy 31st January 2016

Vera Baird QC’s response to the Justice Committee Inquiry about The Role of the Magistracy. magistracy magistracy 1. What should the role of the magistracy be in the criminal justice system, especially in the wake of a falling workload?...

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Commissioner’s Response to the Home Office Consultation – Introducing a Stalking Protection Order 30th January 2016

The PCC for Northumbria Police, Vera Baird QC, has consulted with local service providers and service users to inform her responses to the following ten questions. Are there orders or injunctions already available that could be used to better...

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Commissioner’s Response to Reforming the Independent Police Complaints Commission: structure and governance – a public consultation 28th January 2016

Vera Baird QC response to the public IPCC Governance consultation  – January 2016. Question 1 Do you agree with the government’s proposed package of measures, as summarised in the report, to reform the IPCC’s governance structure? Agree             Disagree           Don’t...

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House of Lords to debate lowering the drink driving limit 27th January 2016

This Friday the House of Lords will debate lowering the drink driving limit as part of the Road Traffic Act. I have urged Peers to support the Bill. Along with my colleagues, Ron Hogg, PCC for Durham and Barry...

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Vera Baird joins call to lower drink drive limit 27th January 2016

This Friday the House of Lords will debate lowering the drink driving limit as part of the Road Traffic Act.  Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is urging Peers to support the Bill.  Commissioner Baird, along with her...

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Funding for Victims Services Allocated by the Ministry of Justice 22nd January 2016

Funding for victims services for the coming year was today allocated by the Ministry of Justice. The announcement follows concerns raised by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s victims lead Vera Baird, PCC for Northumbria, who yesterday wrote...

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Vera Baird’s response to today’s statement from Theresa May 20th January 2016

Today the Home Office issued a written statement and Summary of Consultation Responses on ‘Reforming the Powers of Police Staff and Volunteers’. Responding to this consultation, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “When Theresa May states she...

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Vera Baird’s response to today’s statement from Theresa May 20th January 2016

Last week the Home Office issued a written statement and Summary of Consultation Responses on ‘Reforming the Powers of Police Staff and Volunteers’ Theresa May stated she is ‘committed to finishing the job of police reform’ however she needs...

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Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Congratulates Gentoo 19th January 2016

Local Housing provider Gentoo has been recognised as a “Star Performer” in the recently published Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016 and praised by that organisation for taking on Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird ‘s domestic abuse champions strategy....

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