Chief Constables

Durham Constabulary was one of the first county police forces to be set up in 1839, just over ten years after Sir Robert Peel formed the Metropolitan Police in London. The first Chief Constable was Major James Wemyss who had served as a staff officer at the Battle of Waterloo. He was paid £250 a year.
The force absorbed Durham City Police (formed in 1836) in 1921, Hartlepool Borough Police (formed in 1851) in 1947, Sunderland Borough Police (formed in 1837) in 1967, and Gateshead Borough Police (formed in 1836) and South Shields Borough Police (formed in 1839) in 1968, when it also lost some of its area to Teesside Constabulary.
In 1965, the force had an establishment of 1,763 and an actual strength of 1,626
Under the Local Government Act 1972, in 1974, the northern area of the force (including Gateshead, Sunderland and South Shields) became part of Northumbria Police, with Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees in the south-east going to Cleveland Constabulary.

The current geographic boundaries date back to local government reorganisation of 1974. The operational structure of the force has undergone a number of reviews and a full re-structure was implemented in 2011.

CHIEF CONSTABLES

1840-1848 (8 years): Major James Wemyss








1848-1892 (44 years): Colonel George Francis White








1892-1902 (10 years): John Henry Eden








1902-1922 (20 years): William George Morant








1922-1942 (20 years): Sir George Morley









1943-1944 (1 year): Captain H. Studdy








1944-1950 (6 years): Colonel Sir Eric St Johnston  (Chief Constable of Lancashire, 1950-67)








1950-1970 (20 years): Alec A Muir








1970-1981 (11 years): Arthur George "Peter" Puckering








1981 - 1988 (7 years) Eldred James Boothby








1988-1997 (9 years): Frank Taylor








1997-2002 (5 years): George Ernest Hedges








2002-2005 (3 years): Paul T Garvin









2005–2012 (7 years): Jon Stoddart









2012–2019 (7 years): Michael Barton









2019- ( years): Jo Farrell



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