Steve Cooper started his policing career with the Metropolitan Police Service, where he worked within both uniformed policing and CID. Steve transferred to Nottinghamshire Police in 2001 and was posted to Mansfield. He was promoted to Inspector in 2002, where he worked in a variety of posts including Response, Neighbourhoods and CID.
Steve was promoted to Superintendent in October 2007, and was responsible for leading operations in the City and then appointed as the Deputy Divisional Commander. During his time as a Superintendent, Steve commanded many of the large events that the city hosted, including the Diamond Jubilee visit by Her Majesty the Queen and the Old Market Square events for the Olympic Torch Relay.
In 2013, Steve was promoted to Chief Superintendent and Divisional Commander for the City of Nottingham. He remained there until 2016, when he was seconded to a regional project prior to attending the Strategic Command Course (SCC). Following his attendance at the SCC, in April 2017 Steve was selected to be the Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) responsible for leading the Change Programme and then as ACC for local policing, where he is responsible for Response, Neighbourhoods and CID, as well as the Control Room and custody suites.
In 2022, Steve became the Deputy Chief Constable for Nottinghamshire Police where he is responsible for Corporate Services and the Professional Standards Department.
Operationally, Steve is also a Strategic Commander for Firearms and Public Order.