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National Press Releases

The Commissioner serves on a number of national bodies and on the board of national charities such as Respect and Eaves.  Find out more about this work here. All media enquiries should be made to the OPCC by telephoning 0191 221 9800

Dame Vera Baird welcomes national report on domestic abuse 20th September 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, and a patron of Operation Encompass,  which champions engagement with schools when a child is known to have experienced domestic abuse, yesterday, (Tuesday, 19 September) welcomed the findings of an Ofsted report which...

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PCC renews concerns over national police database of millions of facial images 15th September 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has spoken out once again about the unlawful storage of millions of innocent people’s images, as part of a national police facial recognition database. The Commissioner, who has previously raised...

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Successful outcomes to ‘Operation Sanctuary’ – huge praise to victims who testified – PCC says work to prevent and detect sexual exploitation ‘will not stop here’ 9th August 2017

A series of trials at Newcastle Crown Court under the banners Operation Sanctuary and Operation Shelter ended today and reporting restrictions have been lifted. Successful convictions were obtained for 93 offences of sexual exploitation against vulnerable females with some...

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Information: Policing of anti-fracking protest in Lancashire 1st August 2017

Following queries regarding the policing of anti-fracking protests at the PNR Caudrilla site in Lancashire, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC, has ascertained that a sergeant and six constables were sent by the chief constable of Northumbria...

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Dame Vera calls for law change for child sex abuse victim compensation 25th July 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC,  is calling for an urgent change in the law over compensation for child sex abuse victims, and describes the current decision-making process as a ‘baffling form of victim blaming’. Since...

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