HM Inspector of Constabulary and
HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services
Andy Cooke, QPM
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.
Andy was appointed as HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services in April 2021.
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:
- Cheshire Constabulary
- Cleveland Police
- Cumbria Constabulary
- Durham Constabulary
- Greater Manchester Police
- Humberside Police
- Lancashire Constabulary
- Northumbria Police
- North Yorkshire Police
- South Yorkshire Police
- West Yorkshire Police
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:
- Cleveland Fire Brigade
- County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
- Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
- Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
- Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
- Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
- Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service
- North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
- South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
- West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service