The former Chief Superintendent of Northumbria Police Mark Dennett has been appointed as Vera Baird's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.
Mr Dennett says that part of the new job and what he will be doing focuses upon giving police officers and their families the proper support at such a difficult time.
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