Andy Trotter, one of Britain’s most respected and experienced Chief Constables, is retiring after an eventful 45 year career.
Andy has led many high profile operations and been the police’s public face of major incidents as diverse as bombings, riots and train crashes as well as major public events such as London 2012, Notting Hill Carnival and many other royal and state occasions.
Joining the Metropolitan Police (MPS) cadets in 1969, Andy served in the Met, Kent Constabulary and for the past 10 years in British Transport Police (BTP) as Deputy, then Chief Constable, where he led its transformation into a highly effective and efficient force with a much enhanced reputation.
His first role was a PC working out of Marylebone Lane police station. He later transferred to Kent where he rose to the rank of Chief Inspector before coming back to the Met in 1992 where he soon rose to the role of Deputy Assistant Commissioner in charge of driving down all aspects of crime for south east then central London.
Andy was then made DAC Crime for the whole of London, where he introduced the highly successful Safer Streets campaign. In 2001 he was asked to take over public order and operations for the MPS as well as the command of City of Westminster, where he led a series of highly effective campaigns that dramatically cut crime on the streets of central London.
During the past decade at BTP he led the drive to reduce crime with particular successes against robbery, cable theft and pick-pocketing.
Under Andy’s leadership, BTP has completely restructured to achieve his target of more than 200 extra front line officers to provide response, visibility and reassurance to the travelling public and rail staff.
Known for his calming and reassuring approach, Andy has also been the ACPO lead for media and social media for the past seven years and, this year, led the 2014 Strategic Command Course which develops and prepares the next generation of top police leaders for the challenges ahead.
Andy said: “I’m sad to be leaving BTP after 10 great years where the team has achieved so much.
“I’ve enjoyed nearly every day of my 45 years and have had the chance to do a wide range of jobs including covering the Toxteth riots, the miners’ dispute, huge central London demonstrations, the 7/7 bombings, the Olympics and, of course, policing the railways of England, Wales and Scotland.
“I’ve policed all walks of life, from the West End to rural villages and have been part of operations tackling a diverse range of incidents and events including serious and organised crime, football, horse fairs, fox hunts, Wimbledon and the London Marathon.
“In my various ACPO roles I’ve had the opportunity to lead national best practice as well as working with police forces from across the country. It has been a privilege and an honour to have served the public for so long and I will miss it.”
Chief Constable Trotter is a graduate of the LSE and has received commendations for crime operations, bravery and leadership. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2000 and was appointed OBE in 2008.
Millie Banerjee Chair of the British Transport Authority, which appointed Andy in 2009, said: “Andy has been an exemplary Chief Constable whose leadership of BTP has achieved remarkable results during a demanding five years.
“Andy has forged strong relationships with the rail industry, secured the safety of passengers and reduced the threat of violence to rail staff.
“I am grateful for the work he has done to raise the profile of the Force and his contribution to policing in Great Britain, in particular during the Olympics and the riots of 2011.
“The Authority wishes Andy every success for the future.”
President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Sir Hugh Orde, said: “Andy’s tireless dedication to policing has made great waves within the service, not only through his work at the helm of the British Transport Police, safeguarding those travelling on our rail networks and protecting transport hubs from harm, but by introducing the police service to social media and emerging methods of communication and investigation as the national policing lead for communications.
“He has also been a very visible face of the leadership for the service in times of crises, such as the 7/7 bombings and the riots in 2011.
“Andy has devoted more than three decades to policing, and as a member of the Association of Chief Policing Officers, has worked hard to bring the service into the world of 21st century public engagement.
“I wish him all the very best in his retirement.”