Voordewind was from 1909 to 1949 in the service of the Amsterdam police. In 1936, he was appointed Commissioner of police. For and after the Second World War he was head of desk warmoesstraat. A characteristic of him, when he was dressed in plain clothes, his Bowler Hat. Voordewind was in the war working in the Head Office.
In april 1943, shortly after the introduction of the State police, he was Chief of the criminal investigation and in January 1944, J.L. Posthuma officially the second man at the recherche. In January 1945 after members of the Domestic armed forces (BS) eight officers had shot who were involved in were the Arbeitseinsatz in retaliation on the orders of Höhere SS-und Polizeiführer H.A. Rauter eleven random employees of the residency were executed and in addition 130 police officers rounded up and transported to Germany to help with putting out fires and debris to clean up. Voordewind belonged to this group of 130 and was picked up by the SD . SD-chef Willy Lagesseems after the war in a trial over who went into hiding Anne Frank and her family had betrayed, during his detention in the House of detention to the havenstraat in Amsterdam opposite to have itself declared that he Voordewinds voordewind name on Duitsvijandige police found a list of people who built by members of the NSB was.Voordewind was sent to Germany after Posthuma got his function as Chief of the recherche promised he loved to voordewind shortly after the end of the war returned to Netherlands.
During the occupation period he from his post on the head office can provide much help to resistance groups, including those of Gerrit van der Veen. After the war he rose to be Chief of Amsterdam the nomination, but that he refused. He returned to the warmoesstraat.
After his retirement he wrote a book about his experience at the police, that so struck that there was an entire series followed. As response, Willem van der Kulk wrote under the pseudonym of Willem van Iependaalthe book the Commissioner can tell me even more.
- The Commissioner tells: forty years at the Amsterdam police, 1949
- The Commissioner continues, 1950
- The Commissioner tells by, 1951
- For the wind: a skipper son tells, 1951
- The story of the Guard Commander, 1952
- The Commissioner talks about dark Amsterdam, 1953
- Paul Akkerman (foreword by h. voordewind), Just, Manager Sales & marketing!: piper and sâlt út Frysk and Frij, 1953
- A lust murderer and other stories, 1957
- The Commissioner decision: experiences with psychics, 1958
- Paul Akkerman (foreword by h. voordewind), Just, Manager Sales & marketing!: sâlt út twade samling Piper and Frysk and Frij, 1959