Deputy Chief Constable Julie Cooke
I joined Merseyside Police in 1991, having obtained a BSc Honours Degree in Transport Management and Law.
I have been a uniformed officer in all ranks and worked mostly in Liverpool city centre, as well as performing the role of Detective Inspector within CID and the Major Incident Team. I was Detective Superintendent within Complaints and also head of HR for a period.
In May 2016, I was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing and Criminal Justice at Merseyside Police. I had responsibility for all of the officers and staff who police our communities on a day-to-day basis, partnership working across the areas, all staff involved in criminal justice from custody through to the court procedure and all those involved in community engagement.
I am driven by a desire to consistently improve the way we work, to engage with the community and to ensure a visible, accessible and preventative Neighbourhood Policing style, whilst maintaining public safety and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
In June 2017, I was appointed the UK National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for the LGBT+ Portfolio. I am striving to ensure that all of our staff feel able to come to work and to be themselves; be honest about their lives outside of work, without fear of reprisals or attitudes they may face, but also that all staff are comfortable to ask appropriate questions and learn.
I also want members of the LGBT+ community to be able to walk through our communities knowing that they are safe and understood.