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Mark Clark

Mark Clark

Mark Clark is the public information officer for a law enforcement agency in the southwest. He is also a photographer and contributor to POLICE Magazine.
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Four Ways To Build Trust After Trayvon Martin  

April 6, 2012
The Trayvon Martin tragedy has made it clear that the relationship between many African Americans and officers is still based on suspicion and mistrust. Despite so much progress, a small crack of a possible action or inaction from a single officer or agency quickly brings on a national torrent of anger and frustration.

Trayvon Martin: The Gunfire Next Time  

April 4, 2012
For a yoctosecond, I found myself initially jumping on the P.C. bandwagon believing that if Trayvon was white that he'd still be jabbering on his cell phone today. But as the back and forth allegations of "racist shooting" and "slanted media bias" gained momentum, I wondered if the string-pulling puppeteers of the three-ring big top—CBS, NBC, and ABC—hadn't gotten the better of me.

Look Closer  

March 20, 2012
It is the prejudice of some cops to just accept things as they appear to be. A robbery is a robbery; a burglary, a burg. But sometimes it pays to remember the slogan from "American Beauty"—"Look closer."
<p>Photo: Sam Hulse</p>

5 Tips for Funding New Patrol Equipment  

March 16, 2012
What should you do when you've been told there isn't enough money to purchase equipment? Re-allocation is often the solution. These five tips outline a budgetary fiscal-fitness program that can move equipment budgets from flabby to fit.

Two Campuses Deal With Active Shooters  

March 12, 2012
Last week's clinic shooting in Pittsburgh and the Chardon High School shooting in Ohio in February showcased effective responses from officers and the campuses.
<p>Photo: Relativity Media</p>

'Act of Valor:' Where's the Police Version?  

March 6, 2012
If you've been on the fence about seeing "Act of Valor," I hope that you will plop down your 10 bucks and do so. Maybe if "Act of Valor" is a hit, they'll make more movies that honor the sacrifice of the military instead of deriding our warriors.

Whatever Happened to Verbal Judo?  

March 2, 2012
Today's up-and-coming cops have mastered texting, sexting, e-mailing, and Facebook but are less accomplished when it comes to face-to-face interfacing. That’s the art of conversation—and therefore the ability to verbally de-escalate situations—is dying out.

I Feel the Need...the Need for...an ER  

February 23, 2012
A person has to know their limitations. No less than Dirty Harry has expressed his opinion on the matter, and I like to think most cops adhere to the philosophy.

If You Can Read This...Please Don't  

February 14, 2012
Well, a couple of weeks ago I blogged about the attempted arrest of a Santa Maria (Calif.) Police officer that resulted in his shooting death. I'd like to think that a vast majority of the few thousand—we keep a running tally—who read the piece at least understood where I was coming.

Taking Down One of Our Own  

February 2, 2012
Why did the Santa Maria (Calif.) PD attempt to arrest one of its officers on a public street? Was there some other precipitating factor at work? Because absent such explanations, I fail to see the need for the PD to take the officer down then and there at a DUI checkpoint.
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