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Andy Cooke to join HMI as Inspector for northern forces

Merseyside?s chief constable is joining HM Inspectorate. His first job will be helping Greater Manchester stabilise.
Published - 02/02/2021 By - Chris Smith

Merseyside Police announced that their chief, who had already announced he was stepping down, will be the North of England’s new inspector for policing, fire and rescue services.  

His priority will be supporting Greater Manchester Police which was placed in special measures after 80,000 crimes went unrecorded.

The Inspectorate assessed GMP as being a “serious cause for concern” and placed the force in a national oversight process which involves direct interventions from the Home Office and HMICFRS.

Improvements are being jointly driven by the Inspectorate and regional Deputy Mayor for Policing Beverley Hughes. Having worked with the neighbouring force, Mr Cooke will have insight into what further changes need to be made. 

Mr Cooke will take up the post on Monday, 12 April. Sir Tom Winsor, HM Chief Inspector was part of the appointment panel.

Mr Cooke said: “Although I am leaving what has been for me a vocational career as a serving police officer in an exceptional police force, I am proud to have been appointed by Her Majesty to the Inspectorate.

“I look forward to working with my new colleagues and both the police and fire services to further improve public safety.”

Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy, who is already looking to recruit his replacement, said: “Our loss is most certainly HMI's gain.

"I wish him every success and happiness in his future endeavours. I am confident through his new role he will bring renewed vigour and professional understanding to the inspectorate.”

His appointment was widely welcomed by the policing sector.

Jon Stratford, Deputy Chief Constable of Gloucestershire, said: “This strikes me as rather good news. Smart move by HMI, appointing someone with such integrity, experience and credibility.”

Police Federation leader John Apter tweeted; “Congratulations Andy, I’m sure our paths will cross in your new role. Good luck.”

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