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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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<p>Glendale (Ariz.) Police Officer Brad Jones.</p>

After the Fall  

November 3, 2011
Anyone wonder what happens to a police officer "after" he or she is killed in the line duty? Unfortunately, I had the sad opportunity and yet the privilege to find out firsthand. Several days ago, 27-year-old Glendale (Ariz.) Police Officer Brad Jones was shot in the line of duty by a suspect who isn't worth the dirt we walk on.
<p>Photo: LASD</p>

LASD Jail Probe: Chickens Come Home to Roost  

October 31, 2011
It is quite possible that Baca did try to keep abreast of things, only to find his efforts undermined by another all-too-human factor-the fear of alienating one's self from the marginal affections of el jefe. Face it, nobody wants to get caught playing Mr. Blackwell—the fashion critic-to the emperor with no clothes.
<p>Photo: LAPPL</p>

Onion Field Cop Killer: Coming Together for Justice  

October 25, 2011
The members of the Los Angeles Police Protective League are extremely gratified that the California Board of Parole hearings recommended against granting a compassionate release from prison to Gregory Powell, the infamous "Onion Field" cop killer.

Onion Field Cop Killer: No 'Compassionate' Release  

October 8, 2011
Gregory Powell wants another chance at getting out of prison. He has cancer, and believes that fact should justify a "compassionate release." Never mind that he showed Ian Campbell absolutely no mercy and tried to murder Campbell's partner Karl Hettinger that same night in that same onion field.
<p>Photo: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/itodd76/&quot;>Todd Kravos</a><strong id=&quot;yui_3_4_0_3_1317337337219_1062&quot;>.</strong></p>

Police Agencies Need to Take 'Dirty' Money  

September 29, 2011
Whatever the incentive is for someone donating something, it shouldn't be of concern so long as we conduct ourselves in a manner that is expected of us and we have no reason to believe the nature of what we are receiving stands to compromise us.
<p>Photo: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/digitalart/&quot;>digitalART2</a>.</p>

Criminal Cops: Foxes in the Chicken Coop?  

September 15, 2011
There are few things more terrifying than the thought of a captain of a patrol station playing both sides of the fence. The question isn't whether or not your captain had your best interests in mind but how far would he or she go to protect his or her criminal contacts?
<p>The effects of Lemonade can be quite ugly.</p>

The Lemonade Cartel Wars  

September 6, 2011
Despite the many threats posed by lemonade, there are those who denigrate the efforts of our badged brethren. These lesser mortals characterize our heroes as having screwed up priorities and exploiting their authority as an avenue to revenue and openly ponder if their vigilance wouldn't be better spent in the pursuit of cold-blooded murderers and congressmen.
<p>Photo: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/lawrence_evil/&quot;>Lawrence Whittemore</a>.</p>

Would You Respond Off Duty With Family?  

August 30, 2011
I ask myself: Would I just hang back and hope for the best? And if things did go south, would I perhaps not only be adding to the officer's vulnerability through my own inaction?
<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark.</p>

We Need Ballistic Helmets on Patrol  

August 22, 2011
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has recently acquired ballistic helmets for its patrol personnel. While there are still a lot of stupid practices within my alma mater, LASD has a deserved reputation for emphasizing officer safety and equipping its personnel accordingly.

What is Going on In San Francisco?  

July 29, 2011
Sadly, it would appear that American law enforcement has lost much of its willingness to take the initiative and restore the peace. We've come a long way from the days when the Texas Rangers boasted they only needed one Ranger to end one riot.
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