Two assistant chief constables appointed by Bedfordshire Police

Mark Collins

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Bedfordshire Police have moved two officers up the ranks to become Assistant Chief Constables.

Former Chief Superintendent Mike Colbourne, from Bedfordshire Police, and Mark Collins from the Metropolitan Police, have been promoted.

Mike Colbourne

Mike Colbourne

They will be the most senior operational officers leading Joint Protective Services across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, and local policing in Bedfordshire.

ACC Mike Colbourne took up his new post as Joint Protective Services Chief on Monday, April, 20.

He will have strategic command responsibilities across the three forces for uniformed Joint Protective Services which includes Major Crime, Armed Policing, Specialist Scientific Services, Civil Contingencies, Cameras Tickets and Collisions and Dogs Unit.

Chief Constable Colette Paul said: “Mike has been involved with the force for over ten years and understands the different communities we serve. He brings with him really good effective working in partnership which is essential when leading a collaborated tri-force function.”

ACC Mark Collins will start on Monday, June 1, and will have strategic command responsibilities for local policing across Bedfordshire.

Chief Con Paul said: “We feel very privileged to have Mark coming to Bedfordshire, bringing with him all his experience from working in Wales and in London.

“With a strong background in both counter terrorism and local uniform policing, Mark is perfectly placed to take on the challenges and opportunities that come with policing Bedfordshire.”

Both will be based at Bedfordshire HQ, in Kempston.