Northumbria Police Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

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Northumbria Police
Visit the Northumbria Police website to find out more information about police in Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside.

Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner has a statutory duty and electoral mandate to hold the police to account on behalf of the public and receives all income related to policing and crime reduction.

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Who are we?

What are Police and Crime Commissioners?

In 2012 Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced across the country.

They replaced the Police Authorities and help bring members of the public and their local police forces together.

The Police and Crime Commissioners hold Chief Constables to account for everything police forces do.

The first elections were held in November 2012 and the next elections will be in May 2016.

Who is Northumbria Police Force’s Police and Crime Commissioner?

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner is Vera Baird and she works closely with the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police Steve Ashman to respond to people’s concerns about crime and community safety.

Vera Baird was elected in November 2012 and her role covers the whole of the Northumbria Police force area including Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead and Sunderland.

She was born in Oldham and attended University in Newcastle.

Vera Baird has now lived in the north east, including Northumberland and Newcastle, for 30 years.

Before taking on her role as Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird worked as a Queen’s Counsel, a barrister specialising in criminal work in court.

She has also worked as an MP, being elected as Labour MP for Redcar in 2001.

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s plan for the next five years

The Police and Crime Commissioner has a police and crime plan to help deliver the services the public have asked for and make sure the police deliver this by:

1. Putting victims of crime first - making sure they are kept up to date with their investigation

2. Dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) - protecting people’s quality of life

3. Tackling domestic and sexual abuse – this is something which the PCC takes an active lead on

4. Reducing crime – promoting crime prevention and working with partners to help cut the number of victims of crime

5. Improving community confidence – increasing the contact between the police and the public they serve

Contacting the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner wants to hear from you about what matters to you most. If you have anything you want to share with Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird she can be contacted by: