Deputy Chief Constable Mark Hamilton was appointed in February 2020 and has specific responsibility for Operational Policing matters including Crime and Local Policing. He also has overall responsibility for Professional Standards within the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Prior to his promotion Mark was the Assistant Chief Constable for District Policing Command and had responsibility for Response and Neighbourhood Policing and for Volume Crime across Northern Ireland. He has also previously held Command positions as Interim Director of Human Resources and Head of Legacy and Justice Department.
Mark began his policing career in 1994. He has served in a wide range of posts around the Belfast and Armagh areas. He was Commander of Urban Region Operational Command Unit with responsibility for Roads Policing, Tactical Support Groups, Belfast Regional Control and Level II Crime. He has a BA (Hons) Degree in French and Latin from Trinity College, Dublin; a Masters in Social Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Queens University, Belfast; a Masters in Science in Police Leadership and Management from Leicester University; and a Masters in Human Rights Law at Queen's University, Belfast.
In March 2009 he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and took on the role of District Commander for ‘A’ District, North and West Belfast. In April 2012 he took up the role as Deputy Head of the Service Improvement Department where he had responsibility for Policing with The Community Branch, Criminal Justice Branch, Public Protection Branch, Anti-Corruption and Vetting, Discipline Branch, Firearms and Explosives Branch and Custody Healthcare. In July 2013, Mark was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable, Service Improvement Department.
In July 2014, Mark took on the role of NPCC Hate Crime Lead to promote Hate Crime standards and awareness across the UK.