Vera Baird

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Vera’s Views

Northumbria’s Commissioner regularly writes columns for local and national newspapers and publications – read them here. If you would like Commissioner Baird to write an article for your publication, please ring 0191 221 9800.

Challenges Facing Policing 23rd September 2015

When the House of Commons returns, one of the first jobs MPs will have to do is to respond to George Osborne’s proposed cuts of up to 40% to government departments.  If the Home Office is faced with a...

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Demands on Policing 18th September 2015

During the summer, I wrote to all North East MPs and Council Leaders to emphasise the daily demands on policing. The correspondence comes as the Government continues to make heavy cuts to policing. Northumbria Police has already suffered the...

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Home Office consultation on ‘Reforming the Powers of Police Staff and Volunteers’ 18th September 2015

Last week the Home Office issued a consultation on ‘Reforming the Powers of Police Staff and Volunteers’.  The paper explores options for the way Chief Officers designate the powers and roles of police staff and volunteers. The proposals included...

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Trade Union Bill 18th September 2015

A few days ago, Parliament debated the Trade Union Bill.  I expressed my grave reservations that the Bill gives the regulator (the certification officer) powers to impose fines on unions of up to £20,000 and would involve the police...

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Don’t Be Afraid to Report 25th June 2015

As Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, I have continued to encourage victims of rape to continue coming forward to the force.  Elsewhere in the country there has been comments such as those by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe that the...

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