MARCH 2023

This month’s newsletter begins with an important thank you - to Chief Constable Winton Keenen as he bows out of the role after serving within our police force for an impressive 38 years.

It’s been a real privilege to work alongside such a respected and experienced officer as Winton - someone who completely shares my passion for our region and its people.

He signs off as Chief leaving Northumbria on a positive path and I look forwarded to working with the new Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine to keep pushing Northumbria Police to be the very best it can be in fighting and preventing crime in the North East.

I wish both the best of luck as they embark on new chapters in their lives.

Best wishes,

Kim McGuinness
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner



This month we’ve celebrated yet more strong results from Northumbria’s rural crime crackdown Operation Checkpoint. 100 vehicles were stopped and many arrests were made. We’re really building up momentum with fighting and preventing crime in our more rural and isolated communities and I believe with the recent formation of the Northumberland Partnership Against Rural Crime there will be plenty more success stories on the way. From new technologies to additional resources, together we will continue to do all we can to crackdown on crime and make rural Northumberland safer for all.

Everyone at the first NPARC meeting earlier this month.



Community centres, sports clubs, youth groups and park projects are among the latest grass root causes set to benefit from my Operation Payback scheme that uses cash stripped from criminals across the North East and returns it back to the heart of the community.

This money is now being used to fund work such as Pallion Action Group’s ‘Care To Achieve Project’ that offers support and opportunity to young people caught up in ASB and the criminal justice system and Leam Lane amateur boxing in Gateshead’s ‘Fit to Feed’ summer holiday sessions. There’s no better use for cash seized from crime than channelling it right back into our communities – particularly areas that need it the most. Read more here.

Visiting Pallion Action Group for a residents' meeting.



Hate. Most of us are appalled by it and most of us here in the North East desperately want to stop it.

And so I was delighted to welcome colleagues from across the country to Newcastle earlier this month for our eagerly anticipated and Covid-delayed Hate Crime Conference. It was an opportunity to discuss how we are tackling hate, supporting victims, and challenging unwanted behaviour in our communities. Also this month, Northumbria Police applied for the first-ever hate crime related banning order. This followed the successful conviction of someone in our area for the online racial abuse of a Premier League Footballer – they’re now banned from entering any sports stadium in the country. That is a result. It highlights how seriously our police take reports of this kind and paves the way for other forces to follow.

Speaking at the Hate Crime Conference in Newcastle


Next week my office is launching FREE Active Bystander Training

This training gives you the skills and confidence to  safely respond to potentially harmful situations such as sexual harassment in public places. That could be diffusing it, offering help to the victim or calling on others to help you out. 

If you’d like to know more or sign up, information will be available here.


You can apply to use Clare’s Law if you have concerns over a partner or the partner of a loved one. 

It’s there to help you make an informed decision about your relationship and escape if need be and I really want people to know about it. 

Survivor Martina Turner shared her story this week on Crimewatch, along with investigating officers from Northumbria Police.She is a truly inspirational woman who bravely shares her ordeal to encourage others to make use of this law.

You can apply here.

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