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Meet the Top Team


  Jo Farrell Chief Constable

Jo Farrell
Chief Constable

Jo Farrell joined Northumbria Police in 2002 as a Chief Inspector, having previously served within Cambridgeshire Constabulary. In total she has 25 years policing service.

As an Assistant Chief Constable at Northumbria she had responsibility for response and neighbourhood policing as well as the communications department. She was also the force lead for mental health matters.

Her service profile within the police is extensive and varied, working predominantly within operational and neighbourhood duties.

Jo has also performed specialist public order and firearms duties, completing the Gold Commander’s course in both fields, and in January 2013 she completed the Strategic Command Course.She has extensive experience in the strategic management of high profile events and critical incidents and took up her post as DCC in Durham in mid-November 2016.“I was delighted to join the team at Durham. I relish the challenge of becoming the Deputy Chief Constable and will work to ensure the constabulary continues to deliver a top quality service to the communities of Durham and Darlington.”

She is married to a retired police officer and has two stepsons and a daughter. Away from work, Mrs Farrell enjoys family life, cooking and keeping fit.


Dave Orford Deputy Chief Constable

Dave Orford
Deputy Chief Constable

After growing up in County Durham, Dave attended Manchester University gaining a degree in physics before being commissioned into the Royal Engineers. After leaving the Army he joined his home force in 1995 as a police constable at Consett. Dave has worked in all response and neighbourhood ranks across the county from Peterlee, to Darlington to Bishop Auckland.

He also spent time in specialist roles within Firearms Operations, Training and Professional Standards. This included heading up the joint firearms training facility with Cleveland Police.

 In 2014 Dave was successful at the Senior Police National Assessment Centre for chief officer selection, and was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable in July 2014. In August 2019 he was appointed as Deputy Cheif Constable.  

Dave is very keen on mountain sports and can often be found on his mountain bike in the summer and skis in the winter.



  Gary Ridley Assistant Chief Officer

Gary Ridley
Assistant Chief Officer

Gary Ridley was born in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear.  He worked at Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council between 1985 and 1996 in a variety of roles in the Finance Department and Chief Executive’s Department.  During his time there he completed two accountancy courses including the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy.  

He then worked at Castle Morpeth Council in Northumberland as Assistant Borough Treasurer for 10 months before joining Wear Valley Council as Head of Finance in 1997.  He became Strategic Director of Resource Management in 2001 at Wear Valley where he played a leading role in the management of the council.  He also led the Councils 2008 Comprehensive Performance Assessment process during which the council was awarded an “excellent” rating.  In May 2008, Gary became Acting Chief Executive of Wear Valley Council.  

Gary joined Durham Constabulary on 12 January 2009 as Assistant Chief Officer with responsibility for Finance, ICT, Estates, Business Support and Personnel and Development.  He completed an MBA at Newcastle University in 2010.


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