Police force praised for its work with vulnerable people

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

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Northumbria Police has been judged as one of the top-performing forces in the country for supporting vulnerable people.

The HMIC judged the force as being “good” at protecting from harm those who are vulnerable and supporting victims.

It is one of only 12 of the 43 forces in England and Wales judged as being “good”, with 27 told they required improvement and four deemed to be “inadequate”

The report highlights that the force has made protecting vulnerable people from harm a high priority for officers and staff and also mentioned Northumbria Police is good at assessing the risk that such people face and what is needed to keep them safe.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “People often don’t realise when they are vulnerable and can get into situations through no fault of their own.

“Northumbria Police has a duty to look after them, whatever the circumstance and doing everything we can to protect vulnerable people is a top priority of mine.”

Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: “Protecting vulnerable people who are less able to protect themselves is the primary role of Northumbria Police. It is at the heart of what we do and this report shows that we are one of the best forces in the country at doing just that.”