Mr Mark Collins

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

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.