General including Disclosure Log

In response to the important and necessary measures required to support the fight against Coronavirus, it is necessary for us to review working practices and apply prioritisation to our workload. We have had to take action which will reduce the number of visits to the office, therefore as of the 24th March 2020 we will no longer be in a position to accept correspondence by post. Until further notice please use the following methods of contact:
Disclosure and Barring
0191 3752582
Data Protection Right of Access
0191 3752585
Freedom of Information
0191 3752594
In order to support the Government in its aim to appoint and deploy 750k volunteers to help those people who are most vulnerable and at risk, it is essential that we focus on this area of work and prioritise the protection and safeguarding of our community.
As a result of this we would like to take the early opportunity to inform you that there may be a delay in response to some disclosure requests, including Data Protection Right of Access and Freedom of Information (FOI). We will do our utmost to maintain our service delivery, however there will be occasions when our response times will fall outside any statutory or other expected timescales, due to this national crisis.
The Information Commissioner has recognised the country is facing an unprecedented challenge and is fully aware that it may become necessary for public authorities to divert staff to other priorities.  You can read more about the Commissioner’s comments about this on the ICO’s website.
At this difficult time for us all we ask for your understanding. If your request is not urgent or any existing requests you have previously submitted can be retracted please let us know by using the relevant contact methods detailed above.
In response to information specifically relating to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we will be engaging the statutory exemption set out in Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Section 22 – information intended for future publication) and legally adopting the national signed off policing Operation Talla Publication Strategy. To that end, all FOI requests capturing information relating to the subject area of Coronavirus will be, until further notice referred to the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Freedom of Information and Data Protection Unit (NPFDU) as per College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice (APP), and, following the consideration of public interest considerations may be refused so that staff are not diverted from more pressing work.
The national Operation Talla Publication Strategy can be found here
We have also published a specific Covid-19 Privacy Notice to provide information on how we may process personal data. You can find further information on our website or by clicking on the link below.
We thank you for your continued understanding and patience.

Right of access

The Freedom of Information Act is fully retrospective and gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, subject to the application of exemptions contained within the Act.


Publication Scheme

The Publication Scheme is designed to inform members of the public of the classes of information that Durham Constabulary publishes or intends to publish, the format and manner in which the information is published and whether a charge is made for the information. 


The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was implemented on 1st January 2005 and covers all information held by public authorities.
The purpose of the Act is to make public authorities, including the police service more accountable to those that fund them and to make public authorities more transparent to members of the general public.


Making a freedom of information request

Requests for information will be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  An Applicant will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.  In some circumstances Durham Constabulary may be unable to achieve this deadline.  If this is likely, an Applicant will be informed and given a revised timescale at the earliest opportunity.

Requests made under the Freedom of Information Act should be sent to:
The Information Rights and Disclosure Unit
BID Department
Police Headquarters
Aykley Heads
Telephone:101 extension 75 2596 
Please note that requests for information cannot be made over the phone. It must be made via email to the above email address.

Disclosure Log

This is a form that allows users to search for specific items and articles within the disclosure log. The log contains answers on many subjects previously asked under FoI.


Data Protection

The Information Rights and Disclosure Unit based at Police Headquarters, is responsible for managing the Chief Constable's statutory obligations in respect of the Data Protection Act, 2018 including:
  • Notification of processing to the Information Commissioner;
  • Compliance with the eight data protection principles;
  • Securing individuals rights under the Act;
  • Promoting data protection awareness through training, policy development, advice and guidance;
  • Undertaking systemic auditing of information and systems;
  • Investigation and resolution of complaints in relation to personal information


Legal Aid for Victims of Domestic Violence and Children at Risk of Abuse.

 As of the 1st of April 2013, the Government reformed the legal aid system in England & Wales, resulting in changes to the way victims of domestic violence or child abuse apply for legal aid.

Glossary of Terms

This section has been included to assist you interpreting the abbreviations that you are likely to come across in our Publication Scheme. Not all of the below listed abbreviations can be found in the classes of information, but may relate to the wider policing arena.