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Durham Constabulary

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michelle Skeer is HMI for Durham.

This force is in the Northern HMICFRS policing region.

HMICFRS’s assessment of Durham Constabulary

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

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


Read our other reports for Durham Constabulary

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

938 square miles


0.641m people
up4% local 10 yr change


92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.61 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
down3% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person
0.06 national level
up43% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


56p per person per day local
59p 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.

More about this area – What Durham Constabulary says

Connect with Durham Constabulary

Durham Constabulary website

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner’s website