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Local Press Releases

Here you will find press releases that relate to the Commissioners role specifically in Northumbria. All media enquiries should be made to the OPCC by telephoning 0191 221 9800.

Commissioner’s Statement Following Release of IPCC figures Relating to Complaints 3rd February 2015

Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria commented, following the release of statistics by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which showed an increase in complaints of 98% in 2013/14 compared to the previous year: “The increase...

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Vera Baird Addressing National Conference on the Investigation and Prosecution of Rape 28th January 2015

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, will be addressing a national conference in London on Wednesday 28th January, which will be focusing on the Investigation and Prosecution of Rape. The conference, which is being hosted by the Crown...

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Groundbreaking Rape Scrutiny Panel launches in Northumbria Police Region 27th January 2015

Innovative new measures aimed at improving the conduct and outcomes of rape trials begin this month, with the launch by Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner, of the Rape Scrutiny Panel in the Northumbria Police region. The panel,...

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Training to Help Doctors Spot Domestic Abuse 26th January 2015

A PIONEERING project aimed at bridging the gap between family doctors and domestic abuse charities is now underway – thanks to a £50,000 grant. South Tyneside Abuse Referral Team (START) run by anti-abuse charity Options now has a link...

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North East Police Officers Taken Off the Streets to Deal with Medical Emergencies – Article by the Evening Chronicle 26th January 2015

Police vehicles have been used to ferry hundreds of North patients to hospital in just three months as health bosses battle delays in response times. Forces in Northumberland, Durham and Cleveland have all been called on to plug the...

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