In May 2012 Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell retired after almost 30 years’ service. He was replaced by Tim Madgwick, who became temporary Chief Constable having risen through the ranks of North Yorkshire Police after joining as a PC in 1988.
Mr Madgwick who had served as the area commander for York and Selby and was commended for his leadership during the hunt for Mark Hobson, led the force through successful, changing and tragic times.
Early in Mr Madgwick’s time as Chief Constable the 2012 Olympic Torch relay came to North Yorkshire. As the flame travelled through the county on its way to the London games hundreds of thousands of people lined the route through the county. Numerous police resources were called upon to ensure that the relay was a success and officers were praised for their friendly and good-humored approach by the public.
November 2012 saw the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales, replacing the old Police Authorities. Julia Mulligan was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire.
PC Andrew Bramma
2013 got off to a tragic start with the death of PC Andrew Bramma. PC Bramma was responding to an emergency call when his van collided with a tree in West Tanfield, near Ripon. PC Bramma had only recently transferred to North Yorkshire from Greater Manchester Police, where he had served since 2008. He left a wife and two young children, Jack and Sam.
Chief Constable Dave Jones
In June 2013 Dave Jones was appointed as North Yorkshire’s new Chief Constable. Mr Jones was recruited from the Police Service of Northern Ireland having begun his career with Greater Manchester Police in 1986.
Mr Jones brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with him having been responsible for the rural region of Northern Ireland and the lead for tackling organised crime and terrorism in Greater Manchester.
Grand Départ of the Tour de France
The force was part of the historic Grand Départ of the Tour de France in July 2014 – the first time the event has been held in Yorkshire. People flocked from all over the country to see the peloton travel through North Yorkshire presenting a huge challenge for the police. The event was hailed as a great success and officers were widely recognised for their conduct.
As the police service as a whole faces difficult challenges in the face of central government funding cuts, NYP continues to look for ways to move forward under the leadership of Chief Constable Jones. In 2014, the
Operational Policing Model
Operational Policing Model project was launched – a two-year programme geared towards reshaping the force with the ultimate aim of providing a better service to the public.