If you've not heard about it, I want to tell you about our Trojan bus that's been making the headlines this week. During its last deployment before Christmas, an impressive 29 dispersal notices were handed out by undercover Northumbria Police officers riding on board to catch those committing anti-social behaviour on our public transport and in our neighbourhoods.

Well, this innovative project caught the eye of BBC Breakfast and so this month they paid a trip to the North East to take a ride and see Northumbria Police’s fight against anti-social behaviour in action.

Since the filming aired this week, we've received a lot of praise  from commuters and transport users - local people are right behind this Safer Transport Northumbria initiative. It’s just a shame that in the same week, Government has cut £250,000 of our force’s budget for tackling ASB and doing great work just like this.

If you missed it and you want to learn more about the ASB fighting bus click here.

Best wishes,

Kim McGuinness
Best wishes,

Kim McGuinness
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

BBC Breakfast visiting the region to highlight new policing tactics in fighting crime part funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner


As well as new tactics, it’s important we invest in new technology to fight crime and that’s why I’ve invested in the roll-out of drones to help operational efforts.

From search missions to the fast pursuit of offenders – they’re set to play a big part in future policing in our area. We’re already reaping the benefits tracking down offroad bikers – something that’s a huge priority for me and for Northumbria Police. With drones up above, these riders really do have nowhere to hide and officers on the ground are telling me they’re a real game changer. Drone technology brings speed, access, intelligence and hopefully this investment will bring more prosecutions too.

You can read more about this work in the Chronicle.



We want all high streets to be bustling, not crime hotspots and so it was good to in Concord, Sunderland this month to speak with shop owners & community groups, to discuss their local priorities and how we can continue to tackle crime locally.

I know the force are doing all they can to tackle shoplifting proactively and ensure those bringing misery to our businesses are tackled swiftly. There is a real focus on investigations where offenders use violence, we’ve introduced new flagging systems within the communications centre to and have improved police visibility through the new neighbourhood policing teams model. Next month I will be hosting a second Retail Crime roundtable to discuss ways we can build on this work and keep up the momentum with fighting retail crime.


This month I paid the Everyturn Mental Health team a visit at their new Northumberland Safe Haven, in Ashington. 

Anyone in need can now walk into this new Safe Haven, speak to a crisis worker, get help, and support or just have a reassuring chat.

I’d love to see a place like this in every community and am so grateful to Adam and the team for making this happen. Calls of concern for people’s mental health place great pressure on our police and although our officers do all they can for those in need, but those in crisis need support from healthcare specialists. That’s also why I have invested in getting mental health specialists in our control rooms so they can offer support right at the moment of contact.


Considering a career in Policing?

Find out more and come along to Northumbria Police’s Positive Action Career Day

·       Tuesday 5th March
·       Newcastle Civic Centre
·       12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm


Knife Angel comes to Sunderland

Details coming soon about its arrival and the anti-knife education work being delivered alongside this. 

·       June 2024
·       Keel Square, Sunderland


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