Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria
The PCC is responsible for overseeing the Chief Constable and hold the Chief to account to ensure an efficient and effective police service for the area.
The PCC and Chief Constable are governed by guidelines based on principles of goodwill, professionalism, openness and trust.
The Police and Crime Panel (PCP) scrutinises and supports the PCC. The panel is made up of at least ten councillors from the six local councils along with two co-opted members.
The elections for the PCC for Northumbria last took place on November 15, 2012 and Vera Baird was elected, taking office on 22 November, 2012.
PCC - Vera Baird
"I am delighted to welcome Vera Baird who has been elected as the new Police & Crime Commissioner
"This is a new chapter for policing and I am looking forward to working together to continue to deliver the excellent service Northumbria Police is renowned for.
"My focus on neighbourhood policing being at the heart of what we do remains constant, as does my commitment to respond to those issues the public tell us concern them most.
"I will continue to maintain visible policing services as delivered by 24/7 response, neighbourhood teams, Police Community Support Officers and the detectives who support our local communities.
"Vera Baird brings a wealth of experience to the role and I want to personally congratulate her. I know that by working effectively together our communities will benefit.