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PCC Vera Baird QC thanks Newcastle public consultation attendees

6th October 2016

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, consulted the people of Newcastle last night at the first of six public consultations to help inform her police and crime plan.

Items discussed at the event, held at Newcastle Civic Centre, will help inform the priorities the Commissioner sets for Northumbria Police to deliver on over the next four years.

Chaired by Cllr Nick Forbes, the event was attended by local councillors, members of the public and Steve Ashman, Chief Constable of Northumbria Police.

Commissioner Baird was re-elected in May 2016 with one of the largest majorities and was one of only four PCCs to be elected on the first round.

When first elected as PCC for Northumbria, the commissioner invited residents to complete online surveys and spoke to people at metro stations, supermarkets and out on the streets to understand the priorities of local people around policing and crime.

She is now looking to refresh her police and crime plan and places great importance on making sure it reflects the true needs of the local community.

Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association, said: “I’m very grateful to all who attended and Cllr Nick Forbes for chairing what was a good meeting, where important questions were asked about youth offending, community policing,  antisocial behaviour, crime stoppers, domestic abuse.

“I’ve been pleased with the progress we’ve made in Newcastle since my election and now it’s time to take a fresh look at the priorities, building on achievements and making sure we continue to address the needs of local people.

“All views and concerns will be taken on board and used to help produce an updated Police and Crime Plan with clear aims and targets for our police force over the coming years.

“I look forward to the next series of public meetings so I can hear from more people on how we can bring about positive change for our local communities.”

Over the next few weeks, the Commissioner will be holding public meetings throughout the force area, which details available on her website.

South Tyneside                 Thursday 3rd November 2016, at Jarrow Town Hall at 6pm.  Chaired by Council Leader, Cllr Iain Malcolm.

Gateshead                          Wednesday 26th October, at Gateshead Civic Centre at 6pm.  Chaired by Council Leader, Cllr Martin Gannon.

North Tyneside                 Monday 24th October, at North Tyneside Council Quadrant, Silverlink North, 6pm.  Chaired by the Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn.

Sunderland                         Tuesday 25th October at Sunderland Civic Centre at 6pm.  Chaired by Council Leader, Paul Watson.

Those unable to attended are invited to complete an online survey – or contact the office directly via