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Durham Constabulary

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Andy Cooke is HMI for Durham..

This force is in the Northern HMICFRS policing region.

Our PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessments give you information about how your local police force has performed in several important areas.

In our latest assessment of Durham Constabulary, we made the following judgments:

the extent to which the force is effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe is outstanding.

the extent to which the force operates efficiently and sustainably is outstanding.

the extent to which the force treats the public and its workforce legitimately is good.

Read the full report for Durham Constabulary

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

938 square miles


0.637m people
up4% local 10 yr change


93% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.42 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down16% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.09 per person
0.07 national level
up89% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


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

These are the latest key facts about Durham Constabulary.

About the force

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.

What the force says

Connect with Durham Constabulary

Durham Constabulary website

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner’s website