Police Scotland Youth Volunteers

PSYV group photo with logo

About the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers

The PSYV is the newest and fastest growing uniformed youth service of its type in the UK.

We were established in 2013 with five groups in Cumnock, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Quickly making an impact by volunteering at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and at local events throughout Scotland. 

Our programme has quickly expanded and today there are now over twenty groups across Scotland from Stranrear to Shetland, with plans to expand to 37 by April 2017. 

The PSYV have a distinctly Scottish identity and are placed at the heart of Scottish communities. Every weekend Youth Volunteers can be seen volunteering at everything from local community events and gala days right through to major events like T in the Park, The Open Gold Championship and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

When working in their communities the Youth Volunteers will be getting involved in everything they can; supporting stewards, helping the elderly, giving out public safety information, lost child wristbands, all whilst supporting local policing priorities. 

The PSYV are also involved with peer to peer and intergenerational education programmes, delivering inputs to their peers, the public and to the police on important themes like No Knives Better Lives, internet safety and other inputs relevant to local policing. 

The Police Scotland Youth Volunteers assisting at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Aims of the PSYV:

The Police Scotland Youth Volunteers Programme gives young people aged 13 – 18, an insight into policing in Scotland and inspires them to participate positively in their communities. PSYV in Scotland aim to:
  • Promote a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people,
  • Encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship,
  • Support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard,
  • Give young people a chance to be hear, and
  • Inspire young people to participate positively in their communities.

The Principles are:

  • Members aged 13-17 (inclusive).
  • Youths who volunteer 3 hours a month – assisting in community and crime prevention measures.
  • Youth Volunteers that represent the diversity of their service area.

PSYV Tulliallan


The Youth Volunteers are aged from 13-18 and we look to recruit youth volunteers between 13-15 years. 

This is because our programme runs for a period of three years and it gives each volunteer the opportunity to complete the three PSYV Award levels, to fall in line with the delivery of our training programme. 

We only recruit youth volunteers in the Autumn, however we are always looking for applications for adult volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer as an adult volunteer please see Volunteer Scotland for further information email your local coordinator. If there is not a group in your area, please email the info mailbox for more information VolunteerCoordination@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Local Group Co-ordinator Contact Information 



 Email address

 North Command

 Aberdeen  Constable Nicola Gillies Email Nicola Gillies
 Dundee West Constable Andrew Hutton Email Andrew Hutton
 Dundee East Constable Andrew Hutton Email Andrew Hutton
 Inverness Constable Alan MacLennan Email Alan MacLennan
 Moray East Constable Yvonne Squair Email Yvonne Squair
 Fraserburgh Constable Yvonne Squair Email Yvonne Squair
 Arbroath Constable Paul Morgan Email Paul Morgan
 Shetland Constable Carole Smith Email Carole Smith
 Perth Constable Euan Mitchell Email Euan Mitchell
 Orkney Constable Joanna Murray Email Joanna Murray
 Western Isles Constable Richard Henderson Email Richard Henderson

 East Command

 Edinburgh Constable Mark Dickson Email Mark Dickson
 FalkirkTBC Email
 Scottish Borders Constable Shona Furness Email Shona Furness
 West Lothian Constable David Thomson West Lothian TBC
 Alloa Constable Tony Howard Email Tony Howard
 Dunfermline Constable Alan Stewart Email Alan Stewart
 East Lothian Constable Amanda Johnston Email Amanda Johnston
 Levenmouth Constable Richard Cartwright Email Richard Cartwright
 Midlothian Constable Iain Anderson Email Iain Anderson

 West Command

 Oban Constable Claire Brown Email Claire Brown
 Campbeltown  Constable Karen Cairns Email Karen Cairns
 Cumnock Constable Chris Bysouth Email Ayrshire PSYV
South Ayrshire Constable Chris Bysouth Email Ayrshire PSYV
North Ayrshire Constable Chris Bysouth Email Ayrshire PSYV
 Paisley Constable Audrey Paul Email Audrey Paul
 Cumbernauld Constable Michael Duffy Email Michael Duffy
 Hamilton Constable Susan Rooney Email Susan Rooney
 Dumbarton Constable Craig Brown Email Craig Brown
 Clydebank Constable Craig Brown Email Craig Brown
 Glasgow North Constables Stephen Want/Steve Shanks/Paul Owens Email Greater Glasgow PSYV
 Glasgow East Constables Stephen Want/Steve Shanks/Paul Owens Email Greater Glasgow PSYV
 Glasgow South Constables Stephen Want/Steve Shanks/Paul Owens Email Greater Glasgow PSYV
 Stranraer Constable Graeme Stewart Email Graeme Stewart
 Shotts Constable Susan Rooney Email Susan Rooney
 East Dunbartonshire Constables Steve Shanks, Stephen Want & Paul Owens Email Greater Glasgow PSYV
 East Renfrewshire Constables Stephen Want/Steve Shanks/Paul Owens Email Greater Glasgow PSYV
 Inverclyde - Coming Soon Constable Davy Stevenson Email Davy Stevenson
 HelensburghConstable Craig Stamp Email Craig Stamp
DunoonConstable David McPhee Email David McPhee

If your area does not show above, do not worry, we are currently expanding the number of PSYV groups we have across the country. To keep up to date with the latest info, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also subscribe to the PSYV YouTube Channel.

You can also find out more information on the programme itself at the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers page within the About Us section of our website.