Barnsley District Commander

Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke started his police career in 1981 as a constable in Goldthorpe, Barnsley. Four years later he moved to the town centre and then in 1989 was promoted to sergeant moving to Doncaster.  In 1992 he was promoted to inspector working in Sheffield City centre.

During his career he has had one non-operational role as chief inspector, head of strategic and corporate planning in headquarters.

He was then promoted to superintendent in Sheffield where among other duties he was responsible for policing operations at Hillsborough football stadium. After four years he moved to Operations Head of Operational Support Services.

He returned to Barnsley as District Commander in April 2007. He said: “This was a dream job for me, returning as commander to the place I started my career as a constable.”

He remains an accredited Football and Public Order commander as well as an accredited Firearms Strategic Commander.

Chief Supt Brookes added: “I command an excellent team of officers who together with partners are delivering outstanding and sustained results. Crime in Barnsley is the lowest in 25 years and continues to decline. We have the very high confidence and satisfaction ratings compared with many other areas; a position I want to continue to improve upon. Barnsley really is a safe place to live, work and visit. I am proud to be the District Commander of Barnsley.”

Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke’s priorities for the district are:

Working Together we will: 

  • Reduce Crime and Antisocial Behaviour
  •    Reduce Crime by 8%
  •    Reduce Anti-social Behaviour by 10%
  •    Reduce Burglary of Peoples homes
  •    Reduce Violent Crime by 15%
  •    Maximise use of Proceeds of Crime Act

Protect Vulnerable People with a focus on the victims of:

  •    Child Sexual Exploitation
  •    Domestic Violence
  •    Hate Crime
  •    Distraction Burglary 

Improve visible Policing

  •    Maintain staffing on the frontline
  •    Increase opportunities for patrol in key locations
  •    Maximise use of Technology to keep officers on patrol
  •    Maximise use of Volunteers and Support Services