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Sir Robert Mark GBE QPM

In office
1972 – 1977
Preceded by Sir John Waldron
Succeeded by David McNee

Born 13 March 1917 (1917-03-13) (age 92)
Profession Police officer

Sir Robert Mark, GBE, QPM (born 13 March 1917) is an English former 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.

As a teenager he was educated at William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester.

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.

It was announced in 1976 his appointment to become a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire,[1] and he was appointed as a Knight of the Order of Saint John in 1978.[2]


  • Mark, Sir Robert (1977). Policing a Perplexed Society, 3-132p. 23cm. London: Allen and Unwin ISBN 0043630065, ISBN 0043630057
  • Review by Doreen McBarnet of Policing a Perplexed Society by Robert Mark and A Force for the Future by Roy Lewis. British Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Winter 1977), pages 286-288
  1. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47102, p. 7, 30 December 1976. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.
  2. ^ London Gazette: no. 47705, p. 14602, 5 December 1978. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.

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Police appointments
Preceded by
Sir John Waldron
Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
Succeeded by
David McNee


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