MARCH 2024

I love it how local people are coming together to bring a community hub to life in the heart of a Sunderland neighbourhood. Two local stars have joined forces and are giving an old sports pavilion at King George V playing field quite a come-back. Karen Noble (Pallion Action Group) and Tanya Brown (Connor Brown Trust) get exactly what the area wants and what it needs and have secured the funding to make it happen! They’re transforming the place into a new centre with ambitions to improve lives and prevent crime in the area. I want to ensure everyone has somewhere to go for support and young people have the option of doing more than just hanging around on street corners and I look forward to seeing the Pavilion become the home of real opportunity for everyone who lives nearby. Good luck to all involved.

Best wishes, 

Kim McGuinness
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner



The fight is on against those who prey on our region’s young and vulnerable and coerce or force them into their dangerous world of drug dealing and violence as the latest County Lines Intensification Week has shown. The operation saw more than 150 arrests and almost £53,000 worth of suspected criminal cash seized along with quantities of Class A drugs and weapons - great results.

The criminals at the top of the chain lure others into doing their dirty work; they’ll do anything to make themselves less likely to be caught. As this work shows though, they are being caught. Read more here.



We are starting to see signs of violence levels slowing but there is still so much more to be done. This isn’t just about quick fixes – it’s about fostering long-term solutions that address the root causes of violence. So, my Violence Reduction Unit has launched the new five-year plan setting out a long-term united approach to addressing the root causes of violent crime. The strategy, produced by a range of local partners, focuses on education, identifying those causing disruption, reducing the risks for communities and intensive interventions. We want to challenge and change behaviours to bring about long-lasting change. You can find out more here.


We've been busy working closely with some fantastic organisations (Harbour, Changing Lives and Respect) to offer support for people who are concerned about their behaviour towards a partner/ex-partner and want help to make positive changes - improving lives for everyone. 

Getting in there with the right response at the earliest opportunity before someone’s harmful behaviours continue and get worse is what this support is all about. It provides people causing harm with the help they need to change by recognising and understanding the extent of the damage their behaviours have on their partner or ex-partner, and not forgetting the children too. 

To find our more click here.


As part of my ongoing campaign with Crimestoppers, you might’ve seen this van out and about across the North East

The message? Simple - report motorbike anti-social behaviour. Our police 
need intel to take action and through Crimestoppers you can report anonymously. All is explained here.


My office has been working with mental health charity Everyturn, to get specialists in our contact centres to help reduce force callouts to mental health related incidents and help callers get appropriate care. More on this here.

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