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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

Prison system in a “bleak state” says report 7th December 2016

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has today commented on what is said about HMP Northumberland in the latest edition of the Prison Reform Trust’s Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile, which has analysed the prison population and performance.  ...

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PCC Vera Baird QC welcomes new guidelines for questioning vulnerable witnesses in court 15th November 2016

Vulnerable witnesses, including children and people with learning difficulties, should not be subject to unnecessarily harsh questioning in court, say new guidelines developed by the legal profession, which have been welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird...

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Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner welcomes tougher stance 14th November 2016

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Vera Baird QC, has today welcomed a week long crackdown on motorists who use their mobile phones whilst driving, this follows the government announcement...

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Vera Baird QC response to Henriques Review 8th November 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has today expressed disappointment in the part-published findings of the Henriques review into Operation Midland and Operation Vincente and reiterated her clear view that sex abuse complainants should be believed in...

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PCC Vera Baird QC response – Home Secretary will not allow public inquiry – Orgreave 31st October 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Vera Baird QC, said: “This is a bitterly disappointing day for the Orgreave Miners, their families and it’s a travesty of justice.  I represented...

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