DIRECTOR Mark Watson

Mark Watson was a Cheshire Police Officer for 30 years prior to his retirement in November 2012. He served in a variety of roles throughout the county as a Constable, Sergeant and finally as an Inspector.

In recent years he worked closely with several Community Safety / Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships and was responsible for Community Race Relations in Cheshire.

He was involved in all areas of Diversity work and was Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights for Cheshire Constabulary from September 2008 until his retirement.

In recent years Mark and his team have won awards for “Outstanding Commitment to Diversity” and “Partnership of the Year: Best example of joint work across the criminal justice system” at the Criminal Justice System’s National Justice Awards.

Mark has a specific interest in Gypsy & Traveller culture which developed from dealing with unauthorised encampments. He has been (and remains) a member of the NPCC (National Police Chiefs’ Council) Gypsy / Roma / Traveller Working Group, part of the NPCC Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Co-ordination Committee. Mark leads on work to develop a fair and consistent approach to Gypsy / Roma / Traveller issues by all agencies.

Mark continues to work as a Police Support Volunteer for the Cheshire Constabulary and its Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick, the NPCC national lead for Gypsy / Roma / Traveller issues.

Mark is also a member of Police Staff and works part-time as the Co-ordinator of Cheshire Crimebeat, a registered charity supported by the High Sheriff of Cheshire. Cheshire Crimebeat supports projects involving young people aged between 5 and 25 years.

Mark Watson


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