Mr Mark Collins QPM
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 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 appointed as Detective Superintendent to lead the first Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU). In 2008 he was promoted to Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent, Deputy Coordinator for Preventing Violent Extremism and delivering HM Government Contest Strategy, based in London with a national remit.
In 2012, Mark returned to the Metropolitan Police Service as the Borough Commander (Chief Superintendent) for Waltham Forest. During his time there, the borough had the highest satisfaction levels in London and crime fell by a third.
In 2015, Mark successfully completed the Strategic Command Course and became Assistant Chief Constable in Bedfordshire. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable there before being appointed Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, taking up the post in December 2016.
Mark is the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for both Mental Health and Policing and Group Based Child Sexual Exploitation. He has a BSc in Criminal Justice Studies and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management.
He was delighted to be awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year's Honours List 2020.