14 Dec 2020


Following today's announcement by Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable Mark Collins, that he intends on retiring in the Spring of 2021, Dyfed-Powys Police Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn has responded by congratulating the Chief Constable on his work and contribution to policing since his appointment in 2016, and the leadership he has provided to Dyfed-Powys Police over recent years.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn said; “Following the announcement of Chief Constable Mark Collins to retire, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mark on his successful career in policing and wish him well for the future. When I appointed Mark in 2016, the Force had been through a difficult period and he has worked assiduously over the last 4 years to improve the organisation.

“His commitment and leadership has been of tremendous benefit to the force and he has contributed significantly to positive changes that I have observed first hand. As the Police and Crime Commissioner, I am confident that I made the right decision to appoint Mark and I feel he has been a highly effective and personable leader leaving a legacy which will see the organisation go from strength to strength. He will be missed.

In a statement released by Dyfed-Powys Police, Chief Constable Mark Collins said; “I couldn’t have hoped for more as a Chief than the time I have spent back in my home force, something that was unimaginable during my time as a Special Constable here more than 30 years ago.

“It hasn’t all been easy and there have been some challenges. Having gone from a force that others aspired to be, to one which appeared to have lost some direction and focus, there have been tough calls to be made on resourcing, structure and our broader model for policing the safest, yet most rural communities in England and Wales.

“Disestablishing chief officer posts at the centre in order to enable improved management structures across the four counties was a priority for me, as was a realigning our divisions to be coterminous with our local authority areas again.“

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn has decided to delay the process of appointing a new Chief Constable, and said; “Given the close proximity to the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May 2021, I have decided not to progress with an appointment process for a new Chief Constable at this stage. Due to the importance of the relationship between the Chief and the PCC I feel that this critical decision should be for the elected Commissioner to progress after the May election, whether that be me or someone else.  

“Therefore, I am delighted to announce the temporary promotion of DCC Claire Parmenter to Temporary Chief Constable upon Mark’s retirement early in Spring 2021. Claire has played a significant part in supporting Mark’s leadership over the last few years and I wish her every success in her new role.

The full statement can be read here.



Further Information:

Gruff Ifan

Policy and Engagement Advisor