August 2022
August was a busy month and it ended with a visit to Feeding Families. This year is the first (and probably the last) time I’m attempting the Great North Run and Feeding Families is my chosen charity (you can donate here if you're able). And here is why. We know times are hard for people right now but  to learn some are turning down offers of pasta and sauce because they are scared to put a pan on really hits home. 

Government really needs to get a grip of this and show compassion for those in dire situations. As Police Commissioner I’m, of course, concerned about the bigger picture too. High areas of deprivation have more victims of crime, and nobody wants that. 

I firmly believe we have to fight poverty if we are to stand any chance of fighting crime. The fight must continue, and so it shall.

Take care,


Kim McGuinness
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner



Imagine a youth club on wheels, that’s what Tyneside Outdoors has been busy bringing to Temple Park in South Shields using £5k in funding through my Operation Payback scheme. 

Payback uses cash seized from criminals and channels it back into community causes. In this case, it’s funding the Temple Riders project. Activities range from riding bikes to repairing them and even finding them new homes. These kids get to socialise and learn a load of new skills. It’s free, it’s accessible, it’s outdoors. It's really impressive. Kids who are kept busy are kept out of trouble.




Over the summer there's also been a lot of targeted activity across our public transport, funded through my Violence Reduction Unit. This work is to support Northumbria Police and prevent crime and ASB. Ultimately, it’s about giving kids positive opportunities.

I went to South Shields Interchange the other night to find out more about the work that's been happening to engage with young people. It was great to see this youth engagement in action. Thanks to South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Youth Service, Tyne and Wear Metro, Inspire, Edge NorthEast and all involved.


I know people want to see more officers on the streets, we all do. The Chief Constable and I are determined to do all we can to maintain an efficient and effective police service because that’s what local people deserve. In Northumbria, we’re continuing to smash government recruitment targets and we are now in our final week of our latest police officer recruitment drive - with only a few days left to apply. Northumbria Police is looking for people from all walks of life to bring a range of experiences and skills who have the desire and ambition to make a difference to the communities they serve. So, if you or someone you know fancies joining #TeamNP as an officer before March 2023 then search 'Northumbria Police careers'.


West End Women & Girls Centre have their own farm! Think Elswick lasses meets The Good Life. It’s the most perfect place for teenage girls to get away from it all, leave worries behind, and enjoy the outdoors. They’ve already been turning their hands to farming, DIY and next up is honey growing. It was fab to see it and hear about the plans Hufty and co have for using the place to support victims too and I wish the project every success.

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