October 2023
To really understand the challenges our police force faces everyday you have to get out there on the frontline to see it for yourself, to speak with officers and to hear people’s experiences. Whenever possible I do just that.  So, the other week I joined a night shift to see officers in action fighting crime. While I saw a lot of hard work in action, the truth is that so many calls outs weren’t fighting crime at all. Our police were being called upon, out of hours, to help people in mental health crisis. That’s the reality and you can read more here.

Pressured police resources, mental health bed shortages and patients crying out for specialist help. These are all consequences of Government cuts to our essential services year after year – the fight for more funding continues and fight I shall.


Kim McGuinness
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner



Criminals arrested, cash seized, and drugs destroyed – that’s what a busy week of cracking down on County Lines has looked like here in the North East.

As warrants were executed and doors put in across the region, officers successfully:

  • Made over 60 arrests
  • Recovered nearly £40k in criminal cash
  • Seized quantities of cocaine & crack
  • Removed knives, machetes & gas powered guns



You’ve told me ASB and disorder has been going up at Washington Galleries recently. So, the other weekend I funded additional patrols from the Neighbourhood Team to tackle this issue head on. Funded through my Safer Transport Northumbria project, there has been lots happening particularly around educating young people and working closely alongside youth workers here and in nearby areas. My thanks go to Together for Children and everyone involved in the operation.



Our sporting foundations in the North East are among the best in the country. 

They are amazing community hubs delivering opportunities and support to everyone regardless of age, background, or ability.  During Hate Crime Awareness Week, Newcastle United Foundation was announced as one of Northumbria Police’s Safe Reporting Centres - to help fight hate crime and support victims and witnesses. 

My thanks go to all involved.


Funding news

The latest round of my Northumbria Violence Reduction Unit's Youth Fund is now live with £16,000 of funding to help prevent violent crime now available.

Apply here

A life saving intervention

A life saving intervention from Sean, one of the forces Resource Controllers, recently saw him awarded an Assistant Chief Constables Compliment by ACC Scott Young.

Sean, who came across a distressed woman on the way to work, immediately stopped and helped engage and hold on the individual until the police and other services could arrive.

These selfless and quick thinking actions are a reflection of the dedication our officers & staff have for the public and our communities, when both at work, and off duty.

More available here

Op Payback

Gateshead Cleveland Hall CA is one of the successful bidders to Round 5 of my Operation Payback fund. The money means they can start work on a new 4G pitch. This is a perfect lasting memory to Tomasz Oleszak who was killed a year ago and will be a real asset to the local community.

More here

Book your place now

Active Bystander Training gives you a range of tools to safely respond to potentially harmful situations such as sexual harassment in public places.

More course dates have been announced. Sign up HERE.

Together, we can start to change the culture that leads to violence against women and girls in Northumbria.

Keep in touch...

E: enquiries@northumbria-pcc.gov.uk
T: 0191 221 9800
W: www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk