Force’s support for the vulnerable is praised in report

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Northumbria Police has been judged as one of the top performing forces in England and Wales when it comes to supporting vulnerable people.

In its latest PEEL effectiveness inspection programme, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary declared the force as Good at protecting from harm those who are vulnerable and supporting victims.

Out of the 43 forces in England and Wales, only 12 received this rating.

The report highlights that Northumbria Police has made protecting vulnerable people from harm a high priority for officers and staff and both the police and crime commissioner (PCC) and chief constable have a strong commitment to improving the services they provide.

It mentioned how the force is good at identifying those who are vulnerable and assessing the risk that they face and what is needed to keep them safe.

It also praises the clear and consistently applied processes in place to identify repeat and vulnerable victims and the regular and robust supervision and scrutiny of incidents to ensure an appropriate and timely response.

Northumbria PCC Vera Baird said: “The force should be proud of how it safeguards missing children, responds to victims of domestic abuse and how it tackles child sexual exploitation.

“In many areas we’re leading the way, such as our vulnerability training for door staff which helps to safeguard people on a night out. That said, while we have many great initiatives to keep the vulnerable safe, it doesn’t stop there.

“We will continue to explore new technologies and innovative ways of working with partners to ensure we evolve and improve how we identify, assess and respond to the needs of the vulnerable and I will continue to take a personal lead on what is a very important issue.”