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News June 2016

Vera Baird welcomes Esther Rantzen’s support for Operation Encompass 28th June 2016

Esther Rantzen is to become a patron of child safeguarding scheme, Operation Encompass, an initiative championed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird. The announcement follows a feature which appeared on BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire show, on which...

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Vera Baird praises rural policing initiative success 28th June 2016

A rural policing initiative has been hailed a success by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, after a packed week of activity has reaped positive results for Northumberland communities. Neighbourhood officers across Morpeth, Alnwick, Tynedale and Berwick have...

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Soldiers from 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (3RHA) trained as Domestic Violence Champions at Albemarle Barracks thanks to PCC scheme 28th June 2016

3RHA soldiers based at Albemarle Barracks, Newcastle, have become the latest recruits to a growing network of Domestic Violence (DV) Champions across Northumbria, thanks to an initiative launched by Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird. These champions, who are...

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‘Onside’ Launches with Northumbria PCC 28th June 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, has been joined by Newcastle United Foundation Patron Shola Ameobi to launch ‘Onside’, a programme that will tackle discrimination across the region. The programme, which will be rolled out in 40 schools...

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PCC Vera Baird supports rural policing week of action 22nd June 2016

Police in Northumberland are stepping up their activities this week with a series of initiatives taking place across the county. Officers will be visiting residents in the more rural areas and carrying out crime prevention work with partners at...

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OPCC’s Nitin Shukla nominated for top diversity award 17th June 2016

A community champion and employee at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria has been nominated for a positive role model award in the race, faith and religion category at the 2016 National Diversity Awards. The...

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Condolences to the family of Labour MP Jo Cox 17th June 2016

Northumbria PCC Vera Baird QC this morning sent condolences to the family of Labour MP Jo Cox, killed apparently by a constituent while she was engaged in work as the local MP for Batley and Spen. Commissioner Baird, said:...

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Commissioner Vera Baird: ‘shorten sentences for guilty pleas to protect victims from the stress of trials but guarantee legal advice for defendants to ensure they are real guilty pleas’ 16th June 2016

Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird QC welcomed Wednesday’s Justice Committee report commenting on new Sentencing Council guidelines. The guidelines propose to continue allowing judges to reduce the sentence by a third for a defendant who pleads...

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PCC Vera Baird praises Specials for their commitment to Northumbria Police 15th June 2016

Special Constables in Sunderland and South Tyneside received recognition on Monday night for their commitment to Northumbria Police. Northumbria Police’s Special Constables work alongside regular police officers, carrying out the same role and doing the same job to help...

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‘Operation Encompass should be in every police force area’, PCC Vera Baird tells Victoria Derbyshire 15th June 2016

Operation Encompass, a scheme which sees police forces and schools working together to support children who witness domestic abuse, ‘should be rolled out across all forces’, Northumbria PCC Vera Baird told the BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire programme yesterday. Commissioner...

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