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News March 2018

Hate crime advocates to support LGBT community 29th March 2018

Northumbria Police Commissioner Dame Vera Baird has funded the training of 19 advocates who will engage with the police and the criminal justice system to raise awareness and understanding of LGBT issues. They will also work directly with victims...

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HMCTS & MoJ Consultation: Fit for the future: Transforming the Court and Tribunal Estate 29th March 2018

Overview: The PCC’s response aims to assist the HMCTS in finalising their future strategy and approach to court and tribunal estate reform in England and Wales. Summary: The PCCs response to this consultation raised a number of issues including: The impact...

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Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes debate on Police Funding and calls upon the Prime Minister to take action 28th March 2018

An opposition day debate on police funding is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday 28th March 2018), Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC welcomes the debate as it will highlight the fact that the “thin blue line” is...

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Northumbria Police’s new Chief Constable – Winton Keenen 26th March 2018

The Northumbria Police and Crime Panel has confirmed the appointment of Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird’s preferred candidate, Mr Winton Keenen, to be the new Chief Constable of Northumbria Police. The Panel conducted a confirmation hearing attended...

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Justice Committee inquiry into the disclosure of evidence in criminal cases 23rd March 2018

Overview: This inquiry aimed to investigate disclosure procedures fully to ensure they are fit for purpose and that the steps proposed to address existing issues are sufficient to resolve them. The Committee’s findings will feed into the Attorney General’s ongoing review. Summary: The...

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New North East Regional Crime Prevention Centre tackles serious and organised crime 22nd March 2018

National and regional crime specialists are working closely together to tackle serious and organised crime, in a brand new facility which opened today. The North East Regional Crime Prevention Centre is home to a number of organisations which tackle...

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Northumbria PCC’s response to the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into the sexual harassment of women and girls in public places 15th March 2018

  Overview: Following the emergence of widespread allegations in the UK and US about sexual assault and harassment across a wide range of sectors, the Women and Equalities inquired into sexual harassment to gain a better understanding. The Committee is...

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Sexual Violence All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) inquiry into the links between pornography and sexual violence 14th March 2018

Overview:       The PCC provides views, evidence and recommendations on the link between pornography and sexual violence. The evidence was discussed at the APPG meeting on the 17th April 2018. Summary:      The PCCs response to this consultation raised...

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Commissioner responds to County Council decision to refuse the PCC a position on the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Authority 13th March 2018

“It is disappointing that the Conservative administration at Northumberland Council have not adhered to the spirit of the legislation – so much so, that a government Minister commented on the delays it had taken the council to consider the...

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Vera Baird Announces Preferred Candidate for Chief Constable 7th March 2018

Dame Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, is delighted to announce that her preferred candidate for the Chief Constable post for Northumbria Police is Mr Winton Keenan. Mr Keenen is currently the Temporary Chief Constable for Northumbria...

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