Mark Rowley

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Mark Rowley is the former Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations (ACSO) in the Metropolitan Police Service, a post in which he was responsible for UK Counter Terrorism policing.[1]

Rowley graduating from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, before beginning his policing career with West Midlands Police in 1987. He was Chief Constable of Surrey for four years.[1]

Rowley joined the MPS as an Assistant Commissioner in December 2011. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the same year.[1]

In June 2014, Rowley was appointed former Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations (ACSO) in the Metropolitan Police Service.[1] He announced his retirement from this position in January 2018.[2]

In February 2018, he gave the Colin Cramphorn Memorial Lecture at Policy Exchange. His speech criticised 'so-called representative bodies' which he said 'speak out in such a way to create and exploit grievances and isolation, by: being equivocal in condemning acts of terrorism; undermining efforts to safeguard the young and vulnerable from radicalisation, and spreading disinformation about national security and foreign policy.[3]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mark Rowley, RUS, accessed 4 March 2018.
  2. Harry Cockburn, Mark Rowley resigns: Met Police's head of counter-terrorism steps down, Independent, 9 January 2018.
  3. Extremism and Terrorism: The need for a whole society response, Policy Exchange, 26 February 2018.