The government is spending £150 million to boost the number of armed police officers with Northumbria among nine forces chosen.
The force says it will provide security and reassurance, increasing its specialist team to more than 100.
Others argue it fails to tackle the root cause of terrorism.
Rachel Bullock reports:
The Home Office is giving nine UK police forces more than £140 million to increase their firearms capability.Read the full story ›
The force's Dog Section has six new recruits who will be put to use tracking criminals and fighting crime across the regionRead the full story ›
Police are appealing for help to locate a missing Newcastle man.
Lee Terence Bell, who is 46 and from the Lemington area of Newcastle, has not been seen since October 9.
He was reported missing on October 11 and his friends and family are concerned for his welfare.
- 5ft 7ins tall
- Of slim build
- And has short brown receding hair.
Six people have been taken to hospital in Newcastle after taking New Psychoactive Substances, formerly known as legal highs.
Northumbria Police say they all had adverse reactions to the drugs, which were bought in the Old Eldon Square area. They're warning about those known as 'Spice', 'Killer Smeg' and 'Spongebob'.
None of the six are thought to be in a life threatening condition but all were kept in hospital as a precaution.
Police are urging anyone in possession of the substances to hand them in to police.
Here in Northumbria we have done a lot of work warning people about the dangers of legal highs and they were recently banned under new legislation brought in earlier this year.
'However, our priority is the safety of the public and we want to make sure that any substances that may cause harm to those using them is taken off the streets.
'If you have drugs of this nature in your possession, or have any information about who may be distributing them, then contact police immediately.
Northumbria Police have shared this video of their horses dancing to One Direction!
The Northumbria Police sergeant has made a donation to road-safety charity Brake after using her phone while drivingRead the full story ›
Police are appealing for help in finding Sandra Oni.
She was last seen on Saturday (17th Sept) in the centre of Newcastle.
Pls help find Sandra Oni who went missing from Newcastle City Centre yesterday. Pls contact 101 with any info. https://t.co/gU2RMuwJHd
Five people have now been questioned after a window was shot at in the Hylton Castle area of Sunderland.Read the full story ›
Police are appealing for information after a man exposed himself at a woman in Gosforth.
Between 1pm and 1:45pm on Monday, September 5, an 18-year-old woman was walking along Heathery Lane, towards Gosforth, when a man approached her on a bike.
He got off his bike and exposed himself at the woman before making off.
He is described as:
- Being white
- Around 5ft 11ins tall of slim build
- In his mid to late 30s
- He had short brown / ginger hair and a stubbly beard.
- He was wearing a white Tshirt with a motif on the front and grey tracksuit bottoms.