Serena Kennedy starts her new job as Chief Constable of Merseyside Police - the first woman to hold the role

Serena Kennedy will be Merseyside Police’s first female Chief Constable after her selection by the Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy Credit: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

It's the first day at work for Serena Kennedy in her new role as Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.

She replaces Chief Constable Andy Cooke who retired last week.

She becomes the first woman to hold the role of Chief Constable at Merseyside Police after her selection by the Police Commissioner was confirmed by the region’s Police and Crime Panel.

Chief Constable said: “I joined Merseyside Police four years ago and I am incredibly proud to have been given the opportunity to lead the force and build on the strong foundations laid by my predecessors."

The chief constable added: “When I joined the police more than 27 years ago I never thought that one day I would be a Deputy Chief Constable, let alone a Chief Constable and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and working with the fantastic officers and staff who provide a professional, effective and efficient service to the communities of Merseyside on a daily basis.“My priorities are to ensure Merseyside Police is able to deliver an excellent service in line with the Community First principles. Working with my Chief Officer colleagues I will ensure we have the capacity and the capability within the organisation to protect people, prevent crime and pursue offenders.”

Serena Kennedy joined Merseyside Police in as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2017 Credit: Liverpool Echo

Who is Serena Kennedy?Chief Constable Kennedy has 28 years of policing experience behind her. She joined Merseyside Police as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2017 and was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in October 2018.She is married to Ian and has a 34-year-old stepson and daughter-in-law, and two daughters, aged 20 and 19, and two grandchildren.

Chief Constable Serena Kennedy joined Greater Manchester Police as a Constable in 1993 after being awarded a degree in Forensics at Hull University.Between 2014 and 2017 Serena served with Cheshire Constabulary where she was Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of Force Operations, head of Public Protection and Strategic Lead for Early Help.Prior to that Serena worked at Greater Manchester Police, where she joined in 1993 as a Police Constable, working in local policing and partnerships up to the rank of Inspector. In 2008 she was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector within the Major Incident Team. In 2010 Serena was promoted to Superintendent in charge of partnerships and local policing in Moss Side and Longsight. In 2012, Serena returned to the Serious Crime Division as a Detective Superintendent until she transferred on promotion to Cheshire.

Serena Kennedy takes on the top job of Chief Constable of Merseyside Police today Credit: Liverpool Echo

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, the Right Honourable Jane Kennedy, said:

“Today I offer a warm welcome to Serena Kennedy as she steps into her new role as Chief Constable of Merseyside Police. “Chief Constable Kennedy brings a wealth of experience to the role. She has been a significant part of the leadership team at Merseyside Police for the last four years which means she understands the challenges facing the Force and the complexities of policing this unique region. She is in the perfect position to hit the ground running as she takes over the reins from Andy Cooke.“Chief Constable Kennedy has demonstrated clear strategic leadership, the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct, and her commitment to the Force shines through. She is the first woman to serve as Chief Constable here, which is worth marking, but that is not why she got the job. She was the outstanding candidate and that is what counts. I am in no doubt that she is the right person to ensure Merseyside Police continues to be the best performing urban force in the country, delivering the highest standards of policing for our communities.“I look forward to working with Chief Constable Kennedy for my final month in post and I wish her every success as she continues in her role with a new Police Commissioner.”