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Durham Constabulary is led by Chief Constable Jo Farrell and her executive team:

The team is based at force HQ in Aykley Heads, Durham, but they are all regular visitors to officers and staff in police stations throughout the force area.

They maintain close links with colleagues at the office of the Durham Police Crime Commissioner and work closely with partner agencies, including Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council.

This helps them to have a clear understanding and appreciation of the issues affecting local communities in County Durham and Darlington, so they direct and shape an effective, responsive policing service.


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Chief Constable - Jo Farrell

Chief Constable Jo Farrell became a police officer because she wanted to make a difference and has gone on to spend her career doing exactly that. Read More

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Deputy Chief Constable - Ciaron Irvine

Born in Liverpool, Ciaron Irvine initially moved to the North-East to study at Durham University prior to joining the police service in 1994.  His family has strong links with policing over many generations. Read More


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Assistant Chief Constable - Tonya Antonis 


Experienced safeguarding detective Tonya Antonis joined Durham as Assistant Chief Constable at the end of February 2022. Although she has held a variety of roles in policing, for much of her 26-career she has specialised in Safeguarding, managing a number of high-profile investigations into Child Abuse; Sudden Unexplained Deaths in Children; Adult Abuse; Honour Base Abuse; Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking. Read More


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Assistant Chief Officer - Gary Ridley

Assistant Chief Officer Gary Ridley has overall responsibility for finance, information technology, estates, business support and personnel.  Read More