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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 third PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of Durham Constabulary. PEEL is designed to give the public information about how their local police force is performing in several important areas, in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year on year. The assessment is updated throughout the year with our inspection findings and reports.

The extent to which the constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime: not yet graded.

The extent to which the constabulary is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is: outstanding.

The extent to which the constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime: not yet graded.

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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.

 

Key facts

Force Area

936 square miles

Population

0.62m people 5% local 10 yr change

Workforce

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)

Cost

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

Durham PCC

Ron-Hogg-PCC-DurhamRon Hogg

Durham Constabulary

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Chief Constable Michael Barton QPM, appointed in February 2013

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