About Us

About Us


Founded in 1839, Lancashire Constabulary covers an area of 1,189 square miles. The county has a population of nearly 1.5 million people with a rich diversity of communities, all with specific policing needs.

The constabulary is split into three divisions, West, South and East and our Headquarters is based in Hutton, Preston, with our Dogs and Mounted section nearby. Each division is run by a Chief Superintendent. You can find out more about our divisions in the ‘Your Area’ section of our main website.

To ensure we fulfil our commitment to policing Lancashire, we have a very special workforce made up of over 3,000 Police Officers and 2,500 Police Staff – of which 290 are PCSOs and 460 Special Constabulary Officers, Police Cadets and Community Volunteers.


Our People

The people who choose to work here, do so because they all strive to make a real difference to the people and visitors of Lancashire. Find out more in this section about our passion, pledge and our Chief Officers.

Daily Demands…

Just 19% of our calls for service are crime-related. 81% is everything else, 33% of which relates to concerns for safety and of that 33% 20% relates to mental health.

Mobile Phone Received 664 999 calls and 2315 non-emergency calls
Make 83 arrest 3 of which are for sexual offences
Have 344 crimes reported
Deal with House15 burglaries
Drug Carry out 8 stop & searches all of these are drug related
Deal with 195 anti-social behaviour incidents
Submit 35 vulnerable adult and 34 vulnerable child referrals 4 of which are CSE related
Support 3610 families enrolled in the troubled families programme
Deal with 105 violent crimes
Attend 10 road traffic collisions
Deal with 128 thefts
Responded to 19 missing person reports

Andy Rhodes – Chief Constable

Andy has over 25 years of policing experience covering investigations, firearms and counter terrorism. He is widely respected for his passion about the welfare of our increasingly diverse workforce. As the National Policing Lead for Wellbeing, Andy works with the College of Policing on the Home Office-funded National Police Wellbeing Service, which is aimed at improving mental and physical health support for officers and staff. @CCARhodes

Terry Woods – Deputy Chief Constable

Terry is responsible for service delivery in Lancashire’s territorial policing divisions and the Hutton HQ control room. He is passionate about protecting the public, particularly the vulnerable. Leading nationally for Police Driver Training and Onshore Gas and Oil Exploration, Terry is an accredited Specialist Strategic Firearms, CBRN, Public Order and Multi Agency Commander in charge of large-scale operations such as counter terrorism and civil emergencies. He has worked on Response, Road Policing & Motorway, Operational Support Unit, Child Sexual Exploitation Teams, Neighbourhood and Change Management. @ACCWoods

Peter Lawson – Assistant Chief Constable

Peter began his policing career in Preston before serving in most areas of Lancashire in a wide variety of uniformed roles. As an accredited strategic firearms, public order, and multi-agency commander he has been involved in many incidents, from protests to large sporting, civic and protection events. @ACCLawson

Jo Edwards – Assistant Chief Constable

With over 25 years in policing, Jo Edwards has extensive operational experience as a detective and is committed to the continuous development of both herself and others. She covers several complex business areas across counter terrorism, major crime and investigation, intelligence, forensics and serious crime. As a LGBT Stonewall role model and leader, Jo understands the responsibility that comes with this position and in creating an inclusive culture where people feel they can be themselves. @TACCJoEdwards

Ian Cosh – Director of Resources

Ian Cosh joined the force in 2011 from his previous position of Assistant Director of Corporate Finance at Lancashire County Council. A member of The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Ian is responsible for the delivery of Support Services including Finance, ICT, Estates, Fleet and Procurement. He is also the Force Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO).

Our Commitment

Not only do we make a commitment to serve the communities, residents and visitors of Lancashire, we also make a pledge to the people who work here. Find out more in this section about our objectives, values and vision for diversity, equality and inclusion.


Our Locations

We operate across three ‘divisions’ known as East, West and South. Each of these divisions are responsible for several local policing teams. Find out more in this section about where you could be based if you work with us.