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Durham PEEL 2015

Other inspections

How well has the force performed in our other inspections?

In addition to the three core PEEL pillars, HMIC carries out inspections of a wide range of policing activity throughout the year. Some of these are conducted alongside the PEEL inspections (for instance, our 2015 leadership assessment); others are joint inspections.

Findings from these inspections are published separately to the main PEEL reports, but are taken into account when producing the rounded assessment of each force's performance.

Other reports

This section sets out the reports published by HMIC this year that help to better understand the performance of Durham Constabulary.

Honour-based violence (HBV)

Durham Constabulary is not yet prepared to protect people from harm from HBV, particularly the most vulnerable, and supporting victims.

The constabulary has prepared its leadership and governance structures in order to support its ability to identify and respond to cases of HBV.

The constabulary is prepared, in respect of its awareness and understanding of HBV, and ensures that its officers and staff recognise, understand and identify victims from the first point of contact.

The constabulary is prepared in respect of the levels of protection to be offered to victims of HBV.

The constabulary is not yet prepared in respect of enforcement against perpetrators of HBV. The constabulary is prepared to prevent offences occurring.

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The depths of dishonour: Hidden voices and shameful crimes – a national overview of forces’ preparedness to deal with honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

Published: 8 December 2015

Firearms licensing

The firearms licensing arrangements in Durham are efficient, effective and legitimate, which means that public safety is being appropriately considered in licensing decisions and Home Office guidance and authorised professional practice applied in most respects.

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Targeting the risk – a national overview of the efficiency and effectiveness of firearms licensing in police forces in England and Wales.

Published: 15 September 2015

Police custody

Police custody in Durham was generally positive, but too many people with mental health issues were brought into custody instead of taken to health facilities.

People who are mentally unwell should not be brought into custody as a place of safety and Durham Constabulary should work with others to ensure better access to appropriate health care facilities.

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Durham – Joint inspection of police custody suites

Published: 19 December 2014