Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
North East; Tees Valley and Durham; Durham CC
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.24 - Public order and safety activities

300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 October 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 October 2009


Up to 300 police officers could be cut by a force in less than three years to prevent a 10 million GBP budget shortfall. Durham Police said it has been slowly squeezed by spending restrictions and faced a programme of 'swingeing' cuts. It said factors included the collapse of planned force mergers and that the police funding from council tax was one of the lowest amounts in the country. There would be no planned redundancies and cuts would be through natural wastage and other measures, it said. The force said negotiations with the Home Office to prevent the cuts were still going on.

The force has 1,700 officers and 700 police staff in full-time support staff. It said reductions in frontline officers would be kept to a minimum, by cutting the jobs of 200 desk-bound officers and replacing them with civilian staff. Chief Constable Jon Stoddart said: 'We are in a very difficult position and have to remain positive but realistic.'

'I cannot guarantee past performances will be sustained - but we will make every effort to maintain them and keep our focus on providing the best service we can to all our communities.'

A Home Office spokeswoman said law and order was a real priority for the government and there had been an increase in the funding settlements. She added that the force sent its proposals for dealing with the situation and they needed careful consideration.


  • 26 October 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Durham Police, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 64322, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64322.