Our Force

Our History

Durham Constabulary has been in existence since December 1839, just over ten years after Sir Robert Peel formed the Metropolitan Police in London.

The first Chief Constable was Major James Wemyss who had served as a staff officer at the Battle of Waterloo. He was paid £250 a year.

The current geographic boundaries date back to local government reorganisation of 1974.

The operational structure of the force has undergone a number of reviews and a full re-structure was implemented in 2011.