Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police awarded UWTSD Honorary Fellowship


09.07.2019

Mark Collins, Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, has today (Tuesday 9 July) been awarded with an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 

Mark Collins

Mark has a long association with the Dyfed-Powys area and the town of Carmarthen. 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 at every rank to Superintendent, in both Uniform Policing and CID. 

Presenting the award was Dyfed Powys Police Chaplain, Rev. Tom Evans.  Rev Evans is a former Director of Student Services at the University.  He said:

“This gentleman created his own career and followed his own course but pursued education which has got him to where he is today.  Mark Collins, although born in Sussex, has a long association with the Dyfed Powys area.

Mark is a gentleman and puts other people first.  He does what is right and is a leader by example.  Here sitting before us today we have a prominent, able and progressive police officer and chief constable.

It gives me great pleasure to present Mark Collins as an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.”

Following the ceremony Mark Collins added:

“I’d like to thank Tom for those kind words and for nominating me here today.  I’d like to sincerely congratulate everybody that have graduated here today.  There is so much hope represented in this room and it’s wonderful to acknowledge this significant moment in the progress of your lives.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is a real powerhouse in our local community and you can be proud of everything you have, and will continue to achieve. 

Once again, thank you very much for this award which I’m delighted to accept on a personal level, but also as recognition of the good work that exists between our two organisations.”

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 currently the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for both Mental Health and Policing and Group Based Child Sexual Exploitation. He is also currently the Chair of the Welsh Chief Officer Group. He has a BSc in Criminal Justice Studies and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management.

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk