Oversight, Accountability and Performance

Who Oversees Our Efforts to Promote Integrity?

 

Various levels of governance exist both within and outside of the Constabulary. The Professional Standards Department, who operate independently within the Force, are directly held to account by the Force Executive. The Chief Constable, who leads the Force Executive, is statutorily held to account by the Police and Crime Commissioner. A Professional Standards Board, chaired by the Deputy Chief Constable, meets regularly to progress the Integrity and Transparency Programme and is supported by a Business Interests Panel which considers applications made by officers and staff to pursue outside interests and secondary employment.

 

Outside of the Constabulary we are held to account by a number of key stakeholders including:
        
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Transparency

The below information will be validated every quarter:
 
Internal Misconduct Process Outcomes

 
 
Complaints Performance
 
For current performance please click here 
                                      
                                     
Ethics Committees
 
Durham Constabulary have looked for innovative ways to ensure that our decisions are proportionate, ethical and legitimate. 
 
We want to encourage our staff to be bold in their decision making but that they continue to ‘do the right thing’. 
 
To support both the public and give staff confidence in their decision making, we have two separate committees which can provide a view on some of the more contentious issues. 
 
Together with Cleveland Police, we have an External Ethics Committee which consists of members of the public who give a non-policing view on some of our more complex issues.  We have also trained a number of staff across the organisation (and including volunteers) who come together on a quarterly basis to look at issues submitted by their colleagues. 
 
The results of the internal discussions usually go to the external committee – as there is sometimes a difference of opinion. 
 
Although the two groups do not make policy decisions themselves, they are able to influence when a policy or procedure may need changing to be up to date with attitudes of the day.
  

External Ethics Committee Meetings - Terms of Reference/ Details of Recorded Issues:

 
 
Other
 
 
Professional Standards staff also audit the use of Constabulary credit cards, expenses, mileage and financial claims and the police handling and disposal of property.

 

 
Contacting us

 
Should you have any integrity concerns regarding a member of Durham Constabulary staff you can report those concerns confidentially in writing, via e-mail or over the telephone as follows:
Postal Address:
 
Durham Constabulary Professional Standards Department
Peterlee Police Station
St Aidans Way
Peterlee
SR8 1QR

Telephone – 101 and ask for extension 75 2627