Know the law


Frequently asked questions (FAQ)



Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology is used within Durham Constabulary to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality at a local, force, regional and national level, including tackling travelling criminals, Organised Crime Groups and terrorists.


Criminal Justice Unit
The role of the Criminal Justice Unit is to enhance the overall efficiency and quality of criminal justice processes within Durham Constabulary.


Collision Records
The Collision Records team process recordable collisions that occur within the Durham Constabulary Area.  In 2012 there were over 3000 collisions recorded.


Fixed Penalty Notices
The Fixed Penalty Unit deals with the administration of all Fixed Penalty Notices issued in the Durham Constabulary Force Area.


Recovered vehicles
Durham Constabulary operates an 'in-house' vehicle recovery scheme. Under the terms of this, a number of professional recovery firms are contracted to the Police. The scheme is managed from Police Headquarters in Durham by a small team.


House to House collections

Durham Constabulary has recently reviewed its procedures with regard to granting licenses under the House to House Collections Act 1939 in view of the number of requests it receives each year.
Licenses will only be granted to local people/organisations who wish to collect for charitable causes which are local in character (i.e. County Durham and Borough of Darlington) and are to be completed within a short period of time - typically one to two weeks


Cash Seizure
With effect from 31st December 2002 Police Officers and officers from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have had the power to seize cash in excess of the minimum amount from persons or premises where they believe the cash has been or is intended for use in criminal conduct or represents the benefit of criminal conduct.


Drink Driving
Drink driving is extremely dangerous and illegal. Any amount of alcohol will affect your ability to drive and this can have disastrous consequences.


Vehicle Modifications

Buying a car is something that many of us do these days, as we become a society that relies on being able to travel freely. However, buying the car of our dreams is not always an option so people accept that they will have to make modifications to a car to bring it up to their expectations.



Drug driving

Driving under the influence of drugs - whether prescribed medication or illegal substances - is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. It is also against the law.


Durham Constabulary work in partnership to tackle drugs issues. Police officers are involved in a range of operations and activities with partner agencies to tackle the criminal activity involving drugs.



Knife crime

Across the UK it is illegal to carry any sharp or bladed instrument in a public place (except for a folding pocket - knife that has a blade that is less than 7.62 cm or 3 inches).


Encampment Review 

A guide to Local Authorities and Gypsies and Travellers responsibilities and powers