November 2023

24 days until Christmas! Sorry, I won’t ask if you’ve done your Christmas shopping yet because if you’re anything like me, you’ll have been far too busy to start thinking about hitting the shops.

But sadly, there are also shoplifters who are hitting our shops, and it’s a growing concern for high streets up and down the country.

In response to this, it was great to join up with retail colleagues from across the region this week to talk business. Northumbria Police officers set out their stall with a raft of new policies, operations and technologies. Officers announced a real focus on investigations where offenders use violence, new flagging systems within the communications centre to help fast track resourcing and improved police visibility through the new neighbourhood policing teams model.

Everyone in the room made a joint commitment to fighting retail crime together and I am confident the new policing approach will help us target those who target our shops. 

Thanks to Northumbria Police, Primark for hosting and British Retail Consortium for organising.

Best wishes,

Kim McGuinness
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner



This week I officially opened The Angel Centre - our new first-class facility to provide support and care to victims of sexual assault across the force area.

I never want anyone to have to use this centre but I do want people to know that it’s there if it’s ever needed, by anyone.

This project has been a long time in the making and my thanks go to NHS England, Northumbria Police, Mountain Healthcare Ltd and more for making this possible. 

You can read more about the facilities and what it means for the region HERE.



Operation Sceptre is a week of action which sees increased activity to tackle knife crime and crackdown on those bringing harm to our communities. It builds on the existing day to day work that Northumbria Police and my Northumbria Violence Reduction Unit are doing to fight crime and keep people safe.

During the latest Op Sceptre we saw:

142 people arrested
121 items recovered
467 children educated
146 stop & searches carried out
28 retailers visited alongside Trading Standards

Read more HERE.



Thanks to the local Neighbourhood Policing Team and the HALO project in Sunderland for a demonstration on the fantastic capabilities of our latest bit of tech in the force. 

This drone is in addition to the Northumbria Police kit and will be used by neighbourhood officers and HALO staff to tackle the local issues that matter most to local people, such as motorbike related ASB, missing people, public order and intelligence gathering.


Northumbria Police officers have been busy catching ASB culprits using a covert ‘Trojan bus’.

It may look like a normal bus with normal passengers, but troublemakers need to beware, they could find themselves hailing a bus to the police station.

That’s because its passengers are plain clothes police officers deployed across the North East to take tough action at anti-social behaviour hotspots.


As part of Northumbria Police's Operation Impact, my Northumbria Violence Reduction Unit have been using virtual reality technology with young people in Easington to educate them, and raise awareness on the dangers of knife crime.

The VR headsets allow users to immerse themselves into a range of scenarios and make decisions that have consequences....much like if you decide to pick up a knife in real life.


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