• Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridge

The Commissioner’s Deputy – Andy Coles

Andy Coles biography


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Andy was appointed Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire on 4th July 2016 and started the role the following day.

Andy has had a 30 year career in Policing, having joined the Metropolitan Police in 1982 as a PC in Hackney, working in a variety of core policing and specialist roles as a Scotland Yard Detective, retiring in 2012. Andy has since been involved in a number of community and voluntary roles in his home town of Peterborough, and in 2015 was elected as a City Councillor with a particular focus on education and children’s services.

He is a school governor at two schools in Peterborough, is a trustee in an academy trust, helps to run a community association and chairs a community interest company supporting children and young people in Peterborough. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Until recently, Andy was vice chair of the Police and Crime Panel for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Andy lives in the Centre of Peterborough with his wife, Louise, who teaches locally. He has three grown up daughters.

Appointing a Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 provides for Commissioners to appoint deputies. These are political positions (i.e. the post is not politically restricted) and not subject to the normal competitive employment processes. Section 7 of the Local Govt and Housing Act 1989 (appointment of staff on merit) does not apply.

The role of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner is to support Police and Crime Commissioner in their full range of duties and functions.

This is the only position within the Office of the Commissioner where normal recruitment processes do not apply. All other posts within the Commissioner’s staff are politically restricted and bound by strict local governement laws.

The appointment is scrutinised by the Police and Crime Panel including the criteria for the role and how they meet those criteria.