'Lions led by donkeys?' - Chief Constable's lecture


Redmonds Building, Liverpool
28th November 2016 17:30 - 18:30

Merseyside's Police Commissioner will attend Andy Cooke's first annual lecture at Liverpool John Moore's University after being appointed Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.

The annual Chief Constable Lecture series at the university started in 2013. 

Each year, the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police gives a public lecture covering a key topic which reflects on the current or emerging challenges facing law enforcement.

Previous lectures given by the former Chief Constable, Sir Jon Murphy QPM, included community policing, surveillance and a state of the nation. The lecture is organised by the Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, which works closely with police forces in the UK and overseas and the College of Policing, to support the sector to meet the needs of 21st century policing.

Andy Cooke was appointed by the Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, to be the new Chief Constable in July 2016, following Sir Jon's retirement.

His inaugural lecture is entitled: 'Lions led by donkeys?: a personal perspective on the reality of police leadership'.

A brief synopsis is:

'Policing is a complex leadership environment which operates in a hostile political and media arena. The public have a right to expect that police leaders have the ability to keep communities safe and will deliver a value led and ethical service which addresses the threats within our diverse communities whilst spending public money wisely. But how does a police leader deliver a service that is responsive to their communities in the face of a complex governance and inspection regime which can at times offer a perverse incentive to focus on targets and not the threats, harm and risks that face our citizens?'

Andy has been commended on 10 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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