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Letting in the Light: Lessons from Labour's police and crime commissioners

Labour's police and crime commissioners have worked hard to get the most benefit for the public from the role, even as funding for police and community safety has been cut. Here they set out their experiences.


  • Letting in the Light
  • By Vera Baird
  • Published 4 August 2014

This report highlights policies currently being implemented by the 13 Labour police and crime commissioners, who are responsible for all the Metropolitan Police forces in England and Wales (bar London).

It contains contributions from:

  • Alun Michael (South Wales) on doing more with less, while continuing to support communities and taking a whole person view of crime
  • Mark Burns-Williamson (West Yorkshire) on reinvesting the confiscated proceeds of crime in local communities
  • Ron Hogg (Durham) on tackling drug addiction
  • Shaun Wright (South Yorkshire) on reoffending and restorative justice
  • Tony Lloyd (Greater Manchester) on supporting those suffering with mental health issues
  • Clive Grunshaw (Lancashire) on early intervention and prevention
  • Paddy Tipping (Nottinghamshire) on reducing alcohol related crime
  • Jane Kennedy (Merseyside) on supporting victims of domestic violence
  • Vera Baird (Northumbria) on embedding support for victims of sexual and domestic violence
  • Alan Charles (Derbyshire) on raising the profile of wildlife crime
  • Bob Jones (West Midlands) on working in partnership to reduce transport crime
  • Olly Martins (Bedfordshire) on joint working between police forces
  • Barry Coppinger (Cleveland) on the wide range of activities of a police and crime commissioner
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Vera Baird

Vera Baird QC is a British Labour Party activist, barrister, and Northumbria police and crime commissioner.


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