Top Bedfordshire cop receives lifetime achievement award

Mark Lay receiving his lifetime achievement award from PSA President Paul Griffiths
Mark Lay receiving his lifetime achievement award from PSA President Paul Griffiths. (l-r) Paul Griffiths, Mark Lay, Paul Elkington from Police Mutual. Credit: Si Barber

Mark Lay, Detective Chief Superintendent at Bedfordshire Police has been awarded a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA) annual conference.

Judged by the President and Vice President of the Association, the awards recognise the achievements and contributions of Superintendents and Chief Superintendents to policing.

President of the PSA, Paul Griffiths said, “It was an honour to present Mark with this award, of which he is a truly deserving recipient.

“Mark has dedicated more than three decades to serving the public and the police service; contributing to some of the most complex and challenging areas of modern policing.

“On behalf of the Association I would like to thank Mark for this continued professionalism and dedication.

“He is a valued member of our association, who has supported senior colleagues across a number of forces through the sharing of his best practice and expertise.”

Mark received the award in recognition of more than 30 years of service, across a variety of policing areas, including as a detective in every rank up to and including Chief Superintendent.

He has also worked nationally and internationally in covert policing roles and was instrumental in developing the Eastern Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU).

As Chief Superintendent Mark has also served as Head of Crime, Intelligence, CT and ROCU as well as a temporary appointment as Assistant Chief Constable in 2018.

Stand out achievements include playing a part in the review of 1653 historic rape offences across the Eastern region.

He also acted as a senior investigating officer role in the Gosport Independent Panel, which re-examined more than 450 deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in Hampshire.