Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts

Date published: 17 February 2021 14:00

About Mark

Mark began his police career in 1993 joining Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and was initially posted to Salford.

Throughout his career, he has performed both investigative and uniform roles at each rank, up to Superintendent, including leading a syndicate on the GMP Major Investigation Team and as Head of Investigations at the North West Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) during which time he was awarded three commendations from the Director of the FBI. He was part of the review team looking at the serial killer Harold Shipman, a hostage negotiator and received a Chief Constable’s commendation for his role as a test purchaser tackling drug dealing in Moss Side. Whilst in the CTU, Mark completed the prestigious international Leadership in Counter Terrorism programme.

Mark worked across Greater Manchester, in Salford, Trafford, South Manchester and the city centre, his last posting being as the Trafford BCU Commander between 2009- 2014, where he was responsible for policing Old Trafford, including numerous high profile matches and the Olympic football games held there. During this time Trafford had the lowest levels of crime in Greater Manchester.

A key achievement for Mark while at GMP was his collaboration with Trafford Local Authority, which led to significant reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour, and innovative ways of tackling organised crime. This problem solving approach was recognised at the prestigious “Goldstein Awards”.

Mark is a public order and firearms strategic commander and was in charge of the tactical response to the 2011 riots in Manchester and Salford, for which he was Silver Commander and was regularly deployed as the Head of Delegation when England played abroad.

Mark moved to Cheshire Constabulary in 2014 as Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing. During this time, he led on the restructure of neighbourhood policing which coincided with a twenty-five year low in recorded crime and an approach judged “outstanding” by HMIC.

In this role, Mark was the North West lead on public order and became the National Lead for football policing, a position he retains to this day.

Mark joined South Yorkshire Police (SYP) in 2017 and is now also the NPCC lead for Covert Legislation and Guidance. He was responsible for the UK’s policing support to EURO 2016 in France and the World Cup in Russia, complicated by events in Salisbury. He recently completed an independent review into football policing on behalf of Police Scotland.

In South Yorkshire, Mark is responsible for force performance, discipline and complaints, legal services and corporate communications. During this time SYP has been the most improved force in the country for three consecutive years and is today amongst the very top tier of high performing forces. HMICFRS now assess the force as ‘Good’ across every measure in the annual PEEL assessment and it is the only force in the country to be assessed as ‘Outstanding’ in respect of ethical and lawful leadership.

Mark has a Masters degree in Police Leadership and Management and in 2020 was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for distinguished service.

Mark is married and has two daughters.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts