Police Scotland Youth Volunteers

PSYV group photo with logo

About the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) are the 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 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 Church or Mosque open days right through to major events like T in the Park or The Open Gold Championship.

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, child wristbands 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

Recruitment: 

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.

Local Group Co-ordinator Contact Information 

 Area

 Coordinator

 Email address

 North Command

  
 Aberdeen (Recruiting now) Constable Russell Minty Email Russell Minty
 Dundee West Constable Andrew Hutton Email Andrew Hutton
 Dundee East (Coming soon) Constable Andrew Hutton Email Andrew Hutton
 Inverness (Recruiting now) Constable Alan MacLennan Email Alan MacLennan
 Fraserburgh Constable George Sangster Email George Sangster
 Arbroath Constable Paul Morgan Email Paul Morgan
 Shetland Constable Carole Smith Email Carole Smith
 Perth Constable Scott Robertson Email Scott Robertson
 Orkney (Coming soon) Constable Joanna Murray Email Joanna Murray
 Western Isles (Coming soon) Constable Richard Henderson Email Richard Henderson

 East Command

  
 Edinburgh North (Recruiting now) Constable Mark Sutherland Email Mark Sutherland
 Edinburgh South (No longer recruiting) Constable Mark Dickson Email Mark Sutherland
 Alloa Constable Stuart Gray Email Stuart Gray
 Bathgate Constable Darryl MacAulay Email Darryl MacAulay
 Dunfermline Constable Alan Stewart Email Alan Stewart
 East Lothian Constable Amanda Johnston Email Amanda Johnston

 West Command

  
 Oban - Coming Soon Constable Claire Brown Email Claire Brown
 Campbeltown - Coming Soon Constable Trish Collins Email Trish Collins
 Cumnock Constable Tom Northorpe Email Tom Northorpe
 Paisley Constable Audrey Paul Email Audrey Paul
 Cumbernauld Constable Michael Duffy Email Michael Duffy
 Dumbarton Constable Craig Brown Email Craig Brown
 Glasgow North Constable Diane Mitchell Email Diane Mitchell
 Glasgow East Constable Stephen Want Email Stephen Want
 Glasgow South East Constables Diane Mitchell/Stephen Want Email Greater Glasgow PSYV
 Stranraer Constable Nicola Wilson Email Nicola Wilson

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.