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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.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for Durham
  • HMICFRS policing region: The constabulary is in the Northern region

Contact Wendy Williams (e-mail address, 703 B)

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this force

HMICFRS 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 – 2018/19

Force Area

936 square miles


0.63m people
up4% local 10 yr change


92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.35 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down21% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.09 per person
0.08 national level
up88% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend


52p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Durham PCC

Steve White (acting)

Durham Constabulary

Chief Constable Jo Farrell, appointed in June 2019

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