General including Disclosure Log

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
Peterlee Police Station
St Aidans Way
Peterlee SR8 1QR
Telephone:101 extension 75 2596 
Please note that requests for information cannot be made over the phone. It must be made in writing/email to the above address or 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 Compliance Unit at Peterlee Police Office, is responsible for managing the Chief Constable's statutory obligations in respect of the Data Protection Act, 1998 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.