Andy Cooke has returned to Merseyside Police as Assistant Chief Constable for Operations.
Andy, who left Merseyside Police in 2008 to join Lancashire Constabulary after being promoted to Assistant Chief Constable, had previously served with Merseyside Police for 24 years.
Andy joined Merseyside Police in 1985 having obtained an Honours Degree in Politics from Nottingham University and he has served as an investigator at every rank during his career.
In 1998 Andy was promoted to Temporary Detective Inspector in charge of the Robbery Squad where he led and managed covert investigations in to forcewide and regional armed robbery offences.
In 1999 he was promoted to Detective Inspector in charge of Target Operations and Major Crime Unit where he was responsible for the conviction of numerous key individuals involved in serious and organised crime.
In 2001 he was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector, Senior Investigating Officer, in the St. Helens area. He was responsible for leading all major investigations and the development of crime reduction strategies.
He had responsibility for policy formulation as the Force Crime Reduction Co-ordinator, on promotion to Superintendent before being posted back to St. Helens as operations manager.
In 2005 he was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent and was instrumental in developing the nationally recognised ‘Matrix’ team responsible for tackling gun and gang enabled crime.
In 2006 Andy became Area Commander for South Liverpool where he was instrumental in significantly reducing crime, Anti Social Behaviour and disorder. During his time in charge South Liverpool became one of the highest performing Basic Command Units in the country.
During his time at Liverpool South Andy also devised an approach to tackling serious and organised crime within the security industry in the run-up to Capital of Culture. The initiative was lauded at a national level and was taken up by the Metropolitan Police who have used the approach in advance of the 2012 Olympics.
In 2008 Andy left Merseyside after being appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable at Lancashire Constabulary with the responsibility for Specialist Operations.
During this time he devised strategies which significantly improved the safety of communities in Lancashire by developing the force’s capability to deal with serious and organised and cross border criminality through the implementation of a co-ordinated, multi-faceted approach to serious criminality and the introduction of a £3.5m Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) programme across Lancashire.
In 2010 he became Assistant Chief Constable for Territorial Operations,Criminal Justice and Contact Management, leading the constabulary to considerable reductions in crime and increased detections against a backdrop of significant cuts and resources.
Nationally, Andy is the national lead for witness protection and is leading a programme to implement witness protection on a national basis under the new National Crime Agency.
Andy, who is married with twin daughters, said: “I am delighted to be back in Merseyside and look forward to the challenges that the force has to offer. Merseyside Police is recognised nationally for its pioneering work and innovative approaches to tackling crime and I’m looking forward to working with Area Commanders to make the streets even safer for our communities.”