Thursday 6th February 2020, 5:30pm Room LP 0.25, Law & Psychology Building

“Do Policing and Politics Make Happy Bedfellows?

Or is ‘Operational Independence’, a Fundamental Principle of British Policing, Being Eroded?

Returning to present his second annual lecture at Edge Hill University, Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM will discuss the relationship between politics and policing.

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Andy Cooke, Chief Constable of Merseyside Police

Accountability is crucial in policing and Chief Constables should always be accountable to the communities they serve. Police & Crime Commissioners were introduced with the intention of increasing democratic influence upon Chief Constables, but has that undermined one of the Peelian principles of policing that Chief Constables should be operationally independent of policy and political influences in decision making?

Nationally, he has the privilege of being the National Policing lead for crime. He has led the programme to implement witness protection on a national basis, resulting in the creation of the United Kingdom Protected Persons Service (UKPPS). Andy also performed the role of NPCC Lead for Violence and Public Protection between 2014 and 2016. He has extensive operational experience and is an experienced Senior Investigating Officer for homicide, corruption and covert operations. In addition, he has extensive experience of commanding firearms and public order operations and major events.

Andy Cooke has been commended on ten occasions and in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours in 2014 he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal. In July 2016, Andy was appointed Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.

 

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