HM Inspector of Constabulary and
HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services
Andy Cooke, QPM

Biography

Andy Cooke joined Merseyside Police in 1985 having obtained an Honours Degree in Politics from Nottingham University. He served as a Detective at every rank.

Throughout his career, Andy has had numerous roles including being in charge of the Robbery Squad and Target Operations at the Major Crime Unit. He became the first Commander of the nationally recognised ‘Matrix’ team, responsible for tackling gun and gang enabled crime.

During his time as Area Commander for South Liverpool, Andy was instrumental in significantly reducing crime, antisocial behaviour and disorder and South Liverpool became one of the highest performing Basic Command Units in the country.

In 2008, Andy was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary. He returned to Merseyside in 2012 and in 2016 he was appointed Chief Constable.

Andy has also been commended on 10 occasions and in 2014 was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

He is married with twin daughters. He has a passion for football and rugby league and is chair of the British Police Rugby League Association. You can  @AndyCookeHMI.

Andy was appointed as HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services in April 2021.

National role

Andy Cooke is the senior responsible owner of the following projects:

  • Police Efficiency, Effectiveness and Legitimacy programme

Regional role for police forces

Andy Cooke is Her Majesty’s Inspector of the Constabulary for the Northern Region and deals with the following forces:

Regional role for fire & rescue services

Andy Cooke is Her Majesty’s Inspector of the Fire & Rescue Services for the Northern Region and deals with the following fire & rescue services: