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PCC Vera Baird QC welcomes new survey on public confidence in the police

31st August 2016

PCC Vera Baird QC has welcomed a national survey that’s found 76 per cent of people are satisfied with policing according to a new report published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary today.

The survey is the first of its kind to be commissioned by the HMIC and involved interviewing more than  25,000 people across England and Wales.

Those who took part were asked questions on  local policing, contact and serious and organised crime.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “It’s so important to me that we invite the public to express their views so our forces get feedback on the service they are delivering and so I very much welcome this survey.

“It’s for this same reason that I consult regularly with local people to identify issues that matter to them most.  This helps to inform my police and crime plan so I can ensure the Chief Constable and his force are working hard to the deliver on the priorities raised by the people of Northumbria.

“Despite the challenges presented by the Government’s funding cuts, our officers are doing a very good job here in Northumbria and that’s why our force is regularly cited as one of the best in the country for victim satisfaction – something we are very proud of.

“Today’s survey found that the majority of people who have had contact as a victim or witness agree they had been treated fairly and with respect, both of which are key values upheld by Northumbria Police.

“Working with the Chief Constable, I will continue to ensure that all our communities are well -informed about local policing matters. We are doing all we can to ensure that victims have the confidence to come forward and to ensure they receive excellent support and service when they do so.”