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.

Police Innovation Fund Bid 1st April 2015

I’m delighted with the news this week that five of the bids I made to the Police Innovation Fund have been successful. This means these excellent projects, all of which aim to protect the most vulnerable in our communities,...

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Victims First Northumbria 27th March 2015

In a few days time, victims’ services in Northumbria will change for the better. From April 1, I become responsible for some victims’ services after funding was devolved by the Ministry of Justice to PCCs. Victims First Northumbria will...

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Victims First 26th March 2015

The Government decided last year that Police and Crime Commissioners will be responsible for providing some key victim services in their local area from April 2015.     This provides me with an opportunity to revitalise victims services in Northumbria, firmly placing the...

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Firearms Fees 20th March 2015

I recently welcomed the announced increase in firearms licensing fees. The Home Office recently announced increases that will go towards ensuring the issuing of firearms licensing will not end up costing Northumbria Police money to issue. The increases will...

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Legal Aid for Victims of Domestic Abuse 20th March 2015

It is “completely unacceptable” that a third of domestic violence victims cannot receive legal aid and controversial changes to the system are a way of rationing the access to funds. The House of Commons Justice Committee included the findings...

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