Retired sales and marketing director, John Padbury, is a volunteer in the Major Crime Unit at Harrogate

North Yorkshire Police are looking for volunteers

17 August 2015


North Yorkshire Police are looking for volunteers who have a few hours to spare each week and can assist them with a number of roles including vehicle checkers in York, drivers in the Thirsk area, a volunteer manager in the Scarborough area and a number of county-wide opportunities for people to carry out feedback surveys with victims of crime.

Police Support Volunteers are valued members of the policing force who give up their free time to help the police.

  • North Yorkshire Police currently has around 170 Police Support Volunteers who carry out a variety of roles including: Role play, administration tasks, front counter services, quality control of calls to the police, survey analysts, vehicle drivers, vehicle checkers, community safety, Crucial Crew, Speed Watch and Rural Watch.

They carry out various roles from ensuring our vehicles are equipped and ready for the road, to quality checking our interaction with victims of crime.

John – Major Crime Unit administrator based in Harrogate

Retired sales and marketing director, John Padbury, is a volunteer in the Major Crime Unit at Harrogate. John joined NYP in June 2014 and works two days a week, providing a wide range of support for his colleagues in the unit.


John said:

When I retired I was looking for some regular voluntary work, and working for NYP sounded like it would be varied and interesting. It’s also a bonus working with in what is one of the nicest working environments I have ever worked in!

My work can involve anything from proof-reading transcripts of interviews, assisting at inquests, to transporting urgent items across the force. It’s a very different type of work to my past employment in the aerospace industry. I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that I am helping members of the team and doing something useful.

It’s good to feel part of a team and I would recommend volunteering to anyone if they are after varied, interesting and worthwhile work.


As part of the policing family, you will join a team of like-minded people who are committed to helping their local community as well as making new friends and getting an insight into the work of your local police service.


North Yorkshire Police’s Chief Officer for Citizens in Policing, Mike Maiden, who is also a volunteer, said:

Being a volunteer can be extremely rewarding and by joining the police service you will have a unique experience of volunteering.

You will be supporting your local police force, and in turn, help members of the public who are often at their most vulnerable. Your support will allow officers and staff to concentrate on their priorities of providing a service to victims, preventing and detecting crime and bring offenders to justice.

You will also get to meet some great people and be part of a committed team of people who provide significant benefits to the police service.


Details of the role opportunities:

  • Volunteer driver based in the Thirsk area: We are looking for responsible drivers who live in the Thirsk area and can be available at short notice. You could be asked to drive anything from a van to high-performance police patrol cars. This would be in a delivery capacity and not in operational circumstances.
  • Vehicle checker for York: Vehicle checkers ensure our vehicles have all the equipment they need, that they are roadworthy, that the sirens and blue lights work and that they are clean, safe and ready for the road.
  • Volunteer Manager for the Scarborough area: Volunteer managers assist with the recruitment and management of other volunteers and coordinate their deployment across the area.
  • Survey analysts across North Yorkshire: Survey analysts contact victims of crime to check on the quality of service they have received

For more information about each role and to apply, please visit


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