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News October 2017

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes House of Commons Report 27th October 2017

Members of Parliament who serve on the Justice Committee in the House of Commons have today produced a report that has found the current system for disclosure of youth criminal records undermines the principles of the youth justice system...

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PCC welcomes Justice Committee support for new domestic abuse sentencing guidelines 26th October 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has today (Weds) welcomed new guidelines for sentencing in domestic abuse cases. The new guidelines from the Sentencing Council say domestic abuse should be treated as more serious than similar...

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PCC re-affirms her commitment to neighbourhood policing 25th October 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird has today (Tues) re-affirmed her commitment to neighbourhood policing. Earlier this week Norfolk Police revealed plans to scrap all Community Support Officers (CSOs) in light of funding cuts and changing crime...

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Commissioner welcomes new Director General to Independent Office for Police Conduct 23rd October 2017

Mike Lockwood has today been announced as the man who will lead the IOPC, currently known as the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Appointed by the Queen, Mr Lockwood is currently the Chief Executive of Harrow Council and will lead...

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Commissioner congratulates CVS Chief on new appointment 18th October 2017

Dame Vera Baird has welcomed news that Sally Young, Chief Executive of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service has been appointed as Vice Chair of the NCVO board. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is the national charity that champions...

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Commissioner supports refugee-led organisations to tackle hate crime 18th October 2017

In recognition of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Dame Vera Baird QC has given her backing to a new refugee-focused campaign to support hate crime victims. A new video made by the Regional Refugee Forum North East maps the...

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Commissioner backs Anti-Slavery Day 18th October 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, is lending her support to national Anti-Slavery Day today (Wednesday, October 18). The Commissioner, together with police and partners has been working together to tackle this important issue and wants to...

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Dame Vera Baird supports North East domestic abuse project with Dogs Trust 17th October 2017

Dogs Trust is launching an innovative pet fostering scheme providing vital support for people fleeing domestic abuse in the North East, which Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has given her full backing. The project comes after new figures...

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Commissioner supports calls for legally enforceable victim rights 16th October 2017

The Victims’ Commissioner, Baroness Helen Newlove, has urged the government to make the needs and rights of victims central to the delivery of justice.  She has called for victims to have the right to be informed about court dates...

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Six north-eastern police forces win Home Office funding to tackle domestic abuse on a regional ‘whole system approach’ 5th October 2017

Northern Police and Crime Commissioners have welcomed news that an innovative project, first developed in Northumbria, by PCC Vera Baird, has received almost £7M funding to tackle domestic abuse. The project will now be piloted across the north eastern...

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