Andrew Trotter retires as Chief Constable

Chief Constable Andy Trotter retires after 45 years in policing

Published: Wednesday, 30 April
After a rich and varied career, BTP bids farewell to Andy Trotter after five years of service as Chief Constable.

Chief Constable Andrew Trotter

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.

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.


  • Served for 45 years within the police, in the MET, Kent Constabulary and for the last ten years in British Transport Police.
  • Appointed Deputy Chief Constable of BTP in 2004 and Chief Constable in 2009 where he has led its transformation into a highly effective and efficient force with a much enhanced reputation.
  • The Association of Chief Police Officers lead for media and social media for the past seven years.
  • Led the 2014 Strategic Command Course which develops and prepares the next generation of top police leaders for the challenges ahead.
  • A graduate of the LSE and has received commendations for crime operations, bravery and leadership.
  • 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.”

Commenting on his departure, 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.”

Mr Trotter is succeed by Paul Crowther, previously Deputy Chief Constable for five year.

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