Vera Baird

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About

Our Northumbria

If you live in our region, you will know it has some wonderful places – favorites of mine include Bamburgh Castle and the beautiful coastline, Mowbray Park in Sunderland and of course the heritage in our towns and cities.  No matter where you go in Northumbria – you will find officers serving our communities.

Northumbria has over 3300 Police Officers supported by 179 Police Community Support Offices, 1596 police staff and 216 Special Constables, so our region really is one of the safest places to live and work.  In a typical day Northumbria Police take over 3000 calls, handle over 600 emergency calls and take 154 sets of fingerprints.  So we really are serving local people day in day out.

Don’t forget, Northumbria Police is your police force, so if you have any ideas you want to share with me – let me know via our contact us section.

If you don’t live in the Northumbria force area – come and visit!

About Vera

  • Elected Police & Crime Commissioner 2012 and reelected in 2016, with a majority of more than 120,000
  • 2016: Appointed Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • 2000: Was promoted to QC (Queen’s Counsel)
  • 2001 to 2010 - Member of Parliament
  • 2007: Appointed Solicitor General for England and Wales.

Vera was Lead Minister with responsibility for taking the Equalities Act 2010 through Parliament

She was also responsible for the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2008 through the House of Commons.

2006: Appointed Parliamentary Undersecretary at the Ministry of Justice.

2007: Appointed Solicitor General for England and Wales.

Instrumental in the establishment of the Stern Report about how rape cases are handled by public authorities.

Vera is a member of the Fabians and Co-operative Society and she is a trustee of the charity RESPECT.

She serves as a Visiting Professor of Legal Practice at Newcastle University, as an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law at Northumbria University, as a Visiting law Professor at London South Bank University, as a Visiting Law Lecturer at Teeside University and is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford (These roles are voluntary). Vera is the only honorary woman member of the Durham Miners Association.

She also helped the Labour Party develop policy in ensuring women’s needs are fully met through the Women’s Safety Commission.

Highlights to date as Police & Crime Commissioner

The introduction of the Vulnerability Training, developing the first regional strategy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls, adoption of the Living Wage for all PCC and Northumbria Police Staff, establishing and enhancing the Complaints Triage team and the introduction of my Community Fund which delivered £83,223 in 2016/17 to 68 charities and voluntary groups throughout the region.