Record of Processing Activities

Durham Constabulary Record of Processing Activities (RoPA)
The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (EU) 2016/679 and the UK Data Protection Act 2018 introduced significant changes to the responsibilities of organisations that collect, store and share personally identifiable information. Durham Constabulary are fully committed to full compliance with the requirements of this legislation including that connected to the recording of our processing activities.
Durham Constabulary needs to collect and use information about members of the public and also people with whom it works in order to operate and carry out its functions. These may include suspects, offenders, witnesses, information providers, past and prospective employees, suppliers, and people who use our services. This Personal Data must be handled and dealt with properly however it is collected, recorded and used and whether it is on paper, in computer records or recorded by other means.
In order to ensure we understand the processing activities in respect of Personal Data within Durham Constabulary, we have completed the following Record of Processing Activities (RoPA).  
In addition you can also obtain further information by contacting the Data Protection Officer, via email, at or looking at the Information Commissioner’s Website at
The name and contact details of the controller/processor and, where applicable, the joint controller, the controller’s/processor’s representative and the data protection officer
Controller and Joint Controller
The Chief Constable, Durham Constabulary.
Chief Information Officer
Chief Information Officer
The purposes of the processing:
Durham Constabulary process data for Law Enforcement purposes in our role as a Police Force (Competent Authority), which includes the following individuals:
·         Suspects
·         Offenders
·         Victims
·         Witnesses
·         Request for Assistance
·         Information Providers
Durham Constabulary also process data for General Processing in our role as Police Force which includes:
·         Supporting network and system security;
·         Auditing;
·         Complying with legal obligations; and
·         Conducting web analytics.
·         Recruitment and selection of employees;
·         Personnel management;
·         Workplace monitoring;
·         Human resources administration including payroll and benefits;
·         Education, training and development activities.
·         To obtain products and services;
·         Vendor administration, order management and accounts payable; and
·         Evaluating potential suppliers.
·         Members of the public who use our website
·         Members of the public who write to Durham Constabulary via the public website
·         Third parties we may communicate with where we do not have a contract
Please refer to the Force Information Asset Register for a full list of our Processing Activities.
Categories of data subjects:
Durham Constabulary process the following types of data subjects for both Law Enforcement and General Processing which includes:
·         Suspects
·         Offenders
·         Victims
·         Witness
·         Requests for assistance
·         Information providers
·         Employees
·         Suppliers
·         Successful and Unsuccessful employment candidates
·         People who use our services or the services we provide on behalf of others
Categories of personal data:
Durham Constabulary process the following types of data categories for both Law Enforcement and General Processing which includes:
·         Personal details including name and contact information
·         Date of birth
·         Gender
·         Marital status
·         Biometric information
·         Beneficiary & emergency contact Information
·         Family and lifestyle details
·         Government identification numbers
·         Education and training details
·         Bank account details and payroll information
·         Wage and benefit information;
·         Performance information
·         Employment details.
·         Device details
·         User activity
·         Browser history details
·         Location details
·         Electronic identification data including IP address
·         Financial details
·         Payment details
·         Contractual details including the goods and services provided; and
·         Name & contact information of suppliers
·         Callers
·         Visitors records
Special categories of (sensitive) personal data:
The special categories specifically include genetic data, and biometric data where processed to uniquely identify an individual:
·         Race
·         Ethnic origin
·         Politics
·         Religion
·         Trade union membership
·         Genetics
·         Biometrics (where used for ID purposes)
·         Health
·         Sex life; or
·         Sexual orientation.
The categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed including recipients in third countries or international organisations
Durham Constabulary will disclose and share information that it processes for both Law Enforcement and General Processing with the below which includes:
        Disclosures to other law enforcement agencies (including international agencies and those involved in National Security)
        Partner agencies working on crime reduction initiatives
        Partner Agencies involved in the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults
        Partners in the Criminal Justice arena,
        Victim Support
        Local government
        Central government
        Ombudsmen and regulatory authorities
        The Media
        Other bodies or individuals where necessary to prevent harm to individuals
        HM Revenue and Customs
        licensing authorities
        legal representatives
        prosecuting authorities
        defense solicitors
        MPs/Elected representatives
        partner agencies involved in crime and disorder strategies
        private sector organisations working with the police in anti-crime strategies
        voluntary sector organisations
        approved organisations and people working with the police
        Independent Office for Police Conduct
        Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary
        Office of Police & Crime Commissioner
Where applicable, transfers of personal data to a third country or an international organization, including the identification of that third country or international organization and, in the case of transfers referred to in the second subparagraph of Article 49(1), the documentation of suitable
Durham Constabulary will transfer personal data to:
·         Interpol – any data transferred has an adequate level of protection and/or is necessary for Law Enforcement purposes.
·         Other International Law Enforcement Bodies- any data transferred has an adequate level of protection and/or is necessary for Law Enforcement purposes.
Where possible, the envisaged time limits for erasure of the different categories of data
·         Durham Constabulary adhere to the Review, Retention & Deletion (RRD) Policy for information managed under MoPI.
Where possible, a general description of the technical and organizational security measures referred to in Article 32(1)
-       Anonymisation of personal data;
-       Encryption of personal data;
-       Segregation of personal data from other networks;
-       Access control and user authentication;
-       Employee training on information security; and
-       Written information security policies and procedures.
All access to information whether digital or paper is managed by role based access controls, Active Directory authentication including passwords, privilege levels, physical security, printer passwords, shredding facilities and services, secure disposal of hardware assets and electronic and physical door access controls. All aspects outlined above are described in detail within Force policies.
Like all Forces, Durham Constabulary must gain an annual compliance certificate in order to access the Public Services Network. There is a strict code of connection, which outlines mandatory controls such as secure configuration, physical security, protective monitoring, authentication and boundary protection.
In addition to PSN compliance, there is an additional code of connection to connect to PSN (P), the encrypted police overlay providing access to National systems called the Governance & Information Risk Return (GIRR). The GIRR covers additional controls such as mobile device configuration, data encryption in transit, asset management, and access control and network security. All the above being compliant to nationally agreed standards.
All new systems are accredited before they go live. This ensures that any risk to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data is documented and mitigated where possible and in line with the Senior Information Risk Officer (SIRO), Information Risk Appetite.
All Durham Constabulary Policing purpose systems and those containing personal information have a dedicated Information Asset Owner, who receive training to ensure that that they understand their role and responsibilities in accordance with the Force Information Assurance Strategy. With this including their management of who has access to the systems they are each responsible
All Durham Constabulary staff will complete mandatory annual Data Protection and Information Security training to ensure that they are aware of their responsibilities.
There is a Force Information Security Policy in place, which is published on the Force Intranet. Regular security reminders are also published.