Text Only
Accessibility Options
Default Text Size icon Large Text Size icon Largest Text Size icon
Skip Content Skip Content

HMIC publishes its overall assessment report


HMIC logo

HMIC has assessed the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of Durham Constabulary. Durham Constabulary is the only Force in the country to have been assessed as outstanding in two of the three PEEL assessment pillars.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has today published an assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Durham Constabulary keeps people safe and reduces crime.

HMI Mike Cunningham has given his assessment of the force: “I would like to congratulate Durham Constabulary for building further on its excellent performance in keeping people safe and reducing crime.

“The chief officer team has a clear and compelling sense of direction for the future of the organisation, which is being implemented through comprehensive and realistic plans.

"I have been very impressed by the force’s ability to continue developing problem-solving approaches to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. The force has good arrangements with partner agencies to manage serious and organised crime and to keep vulnerable
people safe. The management of offenders under the innovative integrated offender management programme is very impressive and is exemplified by the ‘Checkpoint scheme’ which takes a groundbreaking approach to dealing with new offenders.

“The force has a strong track record of robust financial management and I am pleased to see that the force has detailed financial plans in place to achieve the savings required through to 2018/19. It has a comprehensive understanding of the demand for its services, especially from the public, and this enables its resources to be deployed effectively. The force continues to benefit from its information technology innovations and excellent use of information. Senior leaders in the force show visible and approachable leadership, consistently engaging with the workforce to provide regular and consistent messages to reinforce their standards and expectations.

“I am very impressed by the commitment shown by the force’s officers and staff in looking to improve services to the communities of Durham still further.

"In the year ahead I will be particularly interested to see how the force continues to improve further the outstanding policing service it provides to the communities of Durham. I’ll also be interested to see how the development of the working arrangements with the County
Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.”

For HMIC’s annual assessments, each force is given a grading of either ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ in each of the three ‘PEEL’ areas (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy).

Gradings for Durham Constabulary

   Effectiveness  Efficiency  Legitimacy
 2015  Outstanding  Outstanding  Good


This year, for the first time, HMIC has also assessed the capacity and capability of leadership within each force.

Further information on how Durham Constabulary is performing in these areas, including the full HM Inspector’s assessment, can be found at www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/peel.

Notes to editors:

  • HMIC is an independent inspectorate, inspecting policing in the public interest, and rigorously examines the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of police forces to tackle crime and terrorism, improve criminal justice and raise confidence. HMIC inspects all 43 police forces in England and Wales together with other major policing and law enforcement bodies.
  • HMIC’s annual inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) consider whether forces keep people safe and reduce crime (how effective a force is), whether these activities are being carried out at the most appropriate cost (how efficient a force is), and how forces are ensuring they have the confidence of their communities (the public legitimacy of a force). The separate judgments on how each force performs in these areas count towards the HMIC annual assessment of each force, published today.
  • HMIC assessed the leadership of forces, looking at how well the force is led at every rank and grade of the organisation and across all areas inspected in PEEL. We reviewed how well a force understands and is developing its leaders; whether it has set a clear and compelling future direction; and how well it motivates and engages the workforce.
  • In our annual assessment of 2014, HMIC did not grade forces’ ‘legitimacy’.
  • For further information, HMIC’s press office can be contacted during office hours from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday on 020 3513 0600.
  • HMIC’s out-of-hours press office line for urgent media enquiries is 07836 217 729.


Posted on Thursday 25th February 2016
Share this
Powered by Contensis