Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick is being awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service
Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick is being awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service

Medal for North Yorkshire Police chief in New Year’s Honours

31 December 2015

A North Yorkshire Police chief is to receive a medal in the New Year’s Honours for decades of service to the people of the county.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick is being awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

Mr Madgwick, who began his career as a constable in York, has led teams during some of the region’s most serious incidents of recent years.

He also takes part in charity work to help people with learning difficulties participate in sports and has worked hard to develop services for vulnerable people, including people with dementia.

North Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable, Dave Jones, said he was delighted that Mr Madgwick’s work to improve the lives of countless individuals has been recognised.


Chief Constable, Dave Jones, said:

Tim Madgwick’s tireless hard work has helped reduce crime by record numbers, resulting in thousands fewer victims of crime in North Yorkshire and beyond.

Not only has he dedicated his entire policing career to the people of the county, he has also contributed greatly to national policing.

Tim has led teams through some of the most serious incidents North Yorkshire Police has dealt with in recent years in an exemplary way.

He is a well-respected public official, within North Yorkshire and beyond, and he has been committed to developing services to protect vulnerable people, in particular those with mental health issues and dementia.

He also contributes greatly to good causes outside policing, such as a sports charity that provides coaching for people with learning difficulties.

It’s a great honour to work with Tim, one of the most dedicated, passionate and loyal people I have had the privilege to work with. On behalf of myself and all my colleagues, I would like to wish him the warmest congratulations on receiving his medal.


The Queen’s Police Medal is being awarded to 18 officers from across Britain in this year’s Honours list.


Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick
Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick


Tim has served in York as a Constable, Sergeant and Inspector. In this latter role he was in charge of the City Centre and played a significant role in North Yorkshire Police’s response to the major flooding that affected the city in 2000. In 2001 he was successful in applying for a post as the Chief Constable’s Staff Officer and moved to Police HQ to work for Chief Constable David Kenworthy. He was promoted to Chief Inspector in 2002 and became District Commander for the Hambleton area, based in Northallerton.

In July 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and took charge of the Complaints & Professional Standards Department and took over as Area Commander for the York and Selby districts after his promotion to Chief Superintendent. During the first twelve months of his appointment, the central area team, together with colleagues from the local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships, saw crime reduced in the area by record numbers – resulting in 6,000 fewer victims of crime.

In 2004 he was commended by the Chief Constable for his leadership in the hunt for Mark Hobson who went on the run after murdering four people. Hobson was subsequently jailed for life. In May 2005 he transferred to HQ to lead a research project on the future delivery of policing and in November of that year became Head of Corporate Development. In June 2007 he was appointed Chief of Staff to the newly appointed Chief Constable, Grahame Maxwell. Between November 2008 and February 2009 he attended and successfully completed the National Strategic Command Course at Bramshill. In 2009 was made A/ACC with responsibility for the Change Programme and in October was promoted to ACC with responsibility for Protective Services.

In March 2010 he took on the portfolio for Safer Neighbourhood Delivery.  In June 2011 he was temporarily promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Constable and became substantive in December that same year. On the retirement of Grahame Maxwell in May 2012 he was made Temporary Chief Constable.

In June 2013, during this time he managed the successful transition from Police Authority to the PCC, later returning to the position of Deputy Chief Constable with the appointment of Dave Jones to Chief Constable.   As Deputy Chief Constable, he has responsibility for Professional Standards, Legal services, High Potential Development Scheme, Force Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO), Equality Diversity and Human Rights,  Partnerships, Health and Safety, Coordination of the Risk Group, Local Criminal Justice Board, Health & Wellbeing Board City of York Council, Chair of MAPPA, and Information Management. He is also the ACPO Lead on the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) and National Lead for Motorcycle Safety.

He is heavily involved at a local and national level with Special Olympics GB a sports charity which provides access and coaching to individuals with learning disabilities.


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