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Durham Constabulary

Durham Constabulary provides policing services to the areas of County Durham and Darlington. The police force area covers 936 square miles with approximately 15 miles of coastline in the north east of England. Although there are some highly affluent areas, Durham has a high level of poverty. Around 0.6 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. The area includes the city of Durham and the town of Darlington as well as several smaller towns. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit or travel through the area each year.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michael Cunningham is HMI for Durham
  • HMIC region: The constabulary is in HMIC’s Northern region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Durham Constabulary keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Durham Constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is outstanding.

The extent to which Durham Constabulary is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is outstanding.

The extent to which Durham Constabulary is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed the leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Durham Constabulary’s performance this year, including exceptional events and where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Durham

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.


Key facts

Force Area

936 square miles


0.62m people 5% local 10 yr change


73% frontline 78% national level
3.4 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
18% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)


51p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Durham PCC

Ron-Hogg-PCC-DurhamRon Hogg

Durham Constabulary


Chief Constable Michael Barton QPM, appointed in February 2013

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