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Former special constable is top cop

Created on 20/12/2016 @ 08:20
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Former Dyfed-Powys Police Special Constable Mark Collins, has now formally taken up his post as the Force’s Chief Constable.  

Mr Collins (pictured) has outlined his priorities to Officers and Staff and will be working to ensure that these are delivered. They are:

1.       To support and protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

2.       To improve standards across the organisation – doing the basics brilliantly!

3.       To improve victim satisfaction and confidence in Policing.

Mr Collins said: “Today is my first day back with Dyfed-Powys Police and I am truly privileged and humbled to take up my post here as Chief Constable.

“We are under ever increasing scrutiny from the HMIC, IPCC and the media. I welcome this and want us to be the very best that we can be.

“These priorities are what we should be focussing on, on a daily basis; in every contact we have with our communities, our partners and our stakeholders.”

Mark Collins has a long association with the Dyfed-Powys area. He first entered policing as a volunteer in Carmarthen in 1987 when he became a Special Constable.

His commitment to policing was cemented in 1991 when he became a Police Constable with The Metropolitan Police in London.  

In 1995, Mark returned to Dyfed-Powys Police in 1995 as a Constable in Cardigan and, over the next 10 years he went on to work in all four counties. He served here at every rank to Superintendent, in both Uniform Policing and CID.

In 2006, Mark was promoted to lead the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) and in more recent years has served as the ‘Preventing Violent Extremism Deputy National Coordinator’ based in London with a national remit.

He has also served as a Borough Commander with The Metropolitan Police, and most recently has been both Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable at Bedfordshire Police.

Mark is the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for Mental Health & Policing.

He has a BSc in Criminal Justice Studies and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management.

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