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News February 2017

Legal aid lifeline to domestic violence victims welcomed by Vera Baird 24th February 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird DBE QC,  has welcomed  changes to scrap time limits, which prevent vulnerable domestic abuse survivors from accessing legal aid. Legal aid is intended to enable the victim to get the court to...

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PCC Newsletter – Council tax Information 2017-18 23rd February 2017

PCC Newsletter – Council Tax Information 2017-18

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Commons debates Police Grant Report 2017/18 23rd February 2017

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner , Vera Baird QC, said: “Once again we have heard the Government talk the talk about how committed they are to protecting police budgets, yet deliver the complete opposite.  In Northumbria we’ve taken hit...

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Precept 2017/18 20th February 2017

The Police and Crime Plan is an important document, it addresses the issues that matter to you and what Northumbria Police work to. From October 2016 until the end of January 2017, I have been consulting with local residents...

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“Seeing is Believing” – Dame Vera Baird QC launches a new report on Northumbria’s unique Court Observers scheme 20th February 2017

A new report from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird DBE QC highlights how even small changes to court processes based on the observations of a unique scheme of Court Observers could help improve the rape conviction rate. The 12 observers, local members of the public, watched on a rota...

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Funding support for local domestic abuse victims is a ‘great triumph’ says PCC Vera Baird DBE QC 20th February 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird DBE QC, has welcomed today’s government announcement that 76 projects across the country will receive a share of £20 million to support victims of domestic abuse – £660,000 of this will pay...

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Police Foundation: Neighbourhood policing is crucial for tackling 21st century crime 15th February 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has welcomed new research by the Police Foundation which says neighbourhood policing needs to be protected – a view firmly shared by  PCC Baird. The findings of the new report...

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Investing in Neighbourhood Policing 10th February 2017

The Police and Crime Panel for Northumbria have unanimously approved the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposed increase to the police precept (the police element of the council tax) of 7p per week for a band A property or...

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PCC Vera Baird encourages online safety as part of Safer Internet Day 7th February 2017

School children in Alnwick have learnt about internet safety as part of international Safer Internet Day. Yesterday, (Tuesday, February 9) marked Safer Internet Day which aims to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones,...

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Vera Baird backs calls for Jeremy Hunt to “scrap the fee” for domestic violence doctor’s note 6th February 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC has joined police and crime commissioners across the country calling on Health Minister Jeremy Hunt to scrap the fee charged to domestic abuse victims seeking legal aid. Due to recent legislation...

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