North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police
Abbreviation NYP

Logo of the North Yorkshire Police
Agency overview
Formed 1974
Annual budget £146.796m[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of North Yorkshire, York, UK
Map of North Yorkshire Police's jurisdiction.
Size 8,310 km²
Population 0.813 million
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Newby Wiske Hall, Newby Wiske
Sworn members 1,370(of which 158 are Special Constables)[2]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Julia Mulligan, (C)
Agency executive Tim Madgewick (Temporary), Chief Constable
Safer Neighbourhood Commands 6
Stations 24
Custody Suites 4
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

North Yorkshire Police is the territorial police force covering the non-metropolitan county of North Yorkshire and the unitary authority of York in northern England. The force covers England's largest county and comprises three area command units. As of March 2013 the force had a strength of 1,370 police officers, 158 Special Constables,[3] 173 PCSOs and 1,095 police staff.


The force was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and was largely a successor to the York and North East Yorkshire Police, also taking part of the old West Riding Constabulary's area.

Proposals made by the Home Secretary on 21 March 2006 would have seen the force merge with West Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police to form a strategic police force for the entire region.[4] However, these proposals were later dropped.[5]

It was announced in January 2007 that the then Chief Constable, Della Cannings, would be retiring from the force on 16 May 2007 due to illness.[6] Della Cannings made the headlines on a number of occasions. She was not allowed to purchase wine from Tesco in Northallerton in March 2004 until she had taken off her hat and epaulettes, as it was illegal to sell alcohol to on-duty police officers.[7] In October 2006 it was revealed that more than £28,000 had been spent to refurbish a shower in her office.[8]

On 19 April 2007, it was announced that Grahame Maxwell was to become the new Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police. Grahame Maxwell began his career with Cleveland Police and served in all ranks up to Chief Superintendent when he became District Commander in Middlesbrough. After completing the Strategic Command Course in 2000, he was appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable with West Yorkshire Police and during his four years there served as the ACC Specialist Operations and ACC Territorial Operations. Mr Maxwell was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable with South Yorkshire Police in January 2005 and become the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police on 17 May 2007.[9]


A North Yorkshire Police car responds to an emergency call

Currently, police vehicles used include the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra (normal local "Beat" cars). The "Traffic" section use the BMW X5, Audi A4 and BMW 530d. Mercedes, Peugeot and Ford Transit police vans also present, as are Nissan 4x4s and Range Rover Discoveries in some areas. The traffic section also use motorcycles. The force covers over 6,000 miles of road. The Firearms Support Unit also use the BMW X5. The force has a new livery from March 2009, consisting of a high visibility panels of yellow and blue on all vehicles, new vehicles include Ford Focus estates and Ford Transit Connect vans.

North Yorkshire Police Authority

North Yorkshire Police Authority had 9 councillors (drawn from both North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council), 3 justices of the peace, and 5 independent members.

It was abolished in November 2012 to be replaced by a Police and Crime Commissioner.

Officers killed in the line of duty

The Police Memorial Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty, and since its establishment in 1984 has erected over 38 memorials to some of those officers.

The following officers of North Yorkshire Police are listed by the Trust as having died attempting to prevent, stop or solve a crime, since the turn of the 20th century:[10]

See also


  1. "Annual Police Budget". Police Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire. June 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  2. "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2013". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  3. "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2013". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  4. "Police merger plan is recommended". BBC News. 21 March 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  5. "Police welcome 'no merger' news". BBC News. 13 July 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  6. "Last day at work for police chief". BBC News. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  7. "Police chief beats wine challenge". BBC News. 24 March 2004. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  8. "Shower revamp cost police £28,000". BBC News. 19 October 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  9. "Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell". North Yorkshire Police. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  10. "Police Roll of Honour Trust: North Yorkshire". Police Roll of Honour Trust. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
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