Chief Constable Andy Cooke sitting at a table with his hands clasped in front of him. He is wearing his Chief Constable tunic and his hat is rested on the table to the right of him

Andy Cooke QPM, the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, will return to Edge Hill University on Thursday 6 February for a public lecture, discussing the relationship between politics and policing.

In the lecture, Andy, who is the national policing lead for crime, will debate whether the role of Police and Crime Commissioners undermines one of the Peelian principles of policing that Chief Constables should be operationally independent of policing and political influences in decision making.

He said:

“I’m delighted to be returning to the impressive facilities and warm welcome of Edge Hill for this second annual lecture.

“The relationships and accountability between all Chief Constables and Police & Crime Commissioners should be subject to debate and scrutiny, so this is a great opportunity to discuss it further.”

Andy’s arguments will be led by his extensive policing experience. His policing career has spanned two police forces, seeing him serve as a detective at every rank, with significant experience in leading investigations into murder, corruption and covert operations before his appointment to Chief Constable of Merseyside Police in 2016.  

Open to the public, the free event ‘Do policing and politics make happy bedfellows? Or is operational independence – a fundamental principle of British policing – being eroded?’ will take place in the Law and Psychology building from 5.30pm.

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Edge Hill’s Law and Psychology building boasts a 265-seat lecture theatre, where the policing courses are delivered, with an on-site Police Training and Simulation Facility, giving students an immersive learning experience.

To find out more about the policing courses Edge Hill University offers, visit the website.