A police officer in his 30th year, Mark is an associate of the Tactical Decision Making Research Group at the University of Liverpool. He holds a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training from Canterbury Christ Church University and a MSc (distinction) in Critical and Major Incident Psychology from the University of Liverpool (2009). He won the school prize for this thesis: Cognitive Closure’s Superiority to Interpersonal Reactivity in a Listening Accuracy Task: Applications within a Sample of Crisis Negotiators.
Mark has held the rank of Chief Inspector for 11 years and has performed a number roles, from being the lead uniformed officer for a borough, to being the head of custody; leading 195 people delivering high risk and complex policing activity across multiple sites 24 hours a day, every day.
Mark is a recognised subject matter expert in hostage and crisis negotiation, having 13 years’ experience in the field and directing training courses to train new negotiators, lecturing to a range of groups both within the police service, in partner agencies and academic settings.
Mark is also experienced as a tactical firearms commander, critical incident commander and post incident manager (PIM). Within post incident procedures, Mark has been both the PIM and a witness in investigations carried out independently.
Mark’s current research interests include behavioural cues that mediate metacognitive decision-making in tactical deployments and de-escalation communication models for frontline officers and staff.