Robert Mark

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Sir Robert Mark, GBE, QPM (13 March 1917 – 30 September 2010) was an English police officer who served as Chief Constable of Leicester City Police, and later as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police from 1972 to 1977.

Mark was the first Metropolitan Commissioner to have risen through all the ranks from the lowest to the highest (a route followed by all subsequent Commissioners), although a few predecessors had served as Constables prior to fast-track promotion. As Commissioner, he forced out many corrupt police officers and subsequently authored a book about his experiences.

He was educated at William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester. After a period as a carpet salesman he joined the Manchester City Police as a police constable.

After his retirement he appeared in television adverts for Goodyear tyres and his "I'm convinced they're a major contribution to road safety" became a widely used catchphrase.

His appointment as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) was announced in 1976, and he was appointed as a Knight of the Order of Saint John in 1978. Also in 1976, Mark travelled to the United States to chair a conference designed to assist the Washington, DC-based Police Foundation in setting up the Police Executive Research Forum, a think tank devoted to training police executives and improving management practices.


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