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Prisoner Handling Team

Prisoner Handling Teams (PHT) are based at the four custody hubs in Durham Constabulary and deal with most of the prisoners who are arrested for less serious or complex offences. The department is made up of police officers and investigation trained police staff overseen by a sergeant.

Local Priority Crime Team

A Local Priority Crime Team (LPCT) focuses their investigations on offences that are deemed to have the largest impact on the victims and communities that they serve such as dwelling burglary and theft from Motor Vehicles. These priorities are based around public and community issues that are fed through crime trends, crime hotspots and community input such as PACT.

Serious Crime Teams

Serious Crime Teams (SCT) are the more traditional face of crime investigation and were known as CID. Each team is managed by a detective sergeant and in Durham Constabulary a detective inspector usually oversees two SCT, a LPCT and PHT.

Major Crime Team

The Major Crime Team (MCT) provides Durham Constabulary with a highly professional and specialised response to major crime investigations. The purpose of the MCT is to deal with particularly large, complicated, and high profile investigations. The MCT deals with homicide investigations, suspicious deaths, and kidnappings. The team also support the serious crime team, safeguarding investigation team, and other investigations throughout the force when requested to do so.

Criminal Justice Unit

The role of the criminal justice unit is to enhance the overall efficiency and quality of criminal justice processes within Durham Constabulary.

Specialist Operations Unit 

The unit includes a number of different teams and specialisms such as the road policing unit (RPU); safety camera section; traffic management; firearms training; motorcycles; dog support unit and the collision/accident investigation unit.

Dog Support Unit

The Durham Constabulary Dog Support Unit provides invaluable policing support to the force.
Our canine colleagues & handlers are a specialist team that work around the clock to assist officers with a variety of issues they are always keen to help with a wag of the tail.

National Police Air Service

On November 6th 1962, Durham Constabulary commenced limited air operations. The Chief Constable Alec Muir CBE was the chair of the ACPO research committee and as such used Durham Constabulary as the pioneer force to use a helicopter in support of policing operations on the ground ​service.

Integrated Offender Management

The Integrated Offender Management Units (IOMUs) are part of Community Safety Partnerships efforts to reduce reoffending and operate under two project titles: Change Track for Darlington & Castle Project for the Durham, Chester-le-Street, Derwentside, Peterlee & Seaham, Sedgefield & Wear Valley areas.