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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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A Cop's Dilemma: Speak No Evil  

July 15, 2011
No agency wants its personnel speaking ill of the city that funds its department. But to say that all areas of a city are equally safe is patently absurd. That being the case, if an officer knows that a citizen runs the risk of becoming victimized in some capacity, should he articulate the fact?
<p><em><strong>Photo: gilmorec (Flickr)</strong></em></p>

An Unsung Lifesaver  

June 24, 2011
Upon hearing of the circumstances surrounding his friend's death, Houze decided to do everything he could to ensure that his friend's death would not be in vain.
<p><em><strong>Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99923398@N00/5726230711/">yooperann</a> (Flickr).</strong></em></p>

A New (Old) Approach to Crimefighting In Chicago  

June 13, 2011
The city's new top cop is implementing a more traditional policing approach, by stressing the need for resources to be in the hands of district commanders to use as they see fit in the neighborhoods they oversee.

Divide and Conquer: Dealing With Multiple Detainees  

June 1, 2011
I wanted everyone a little uncomfortable. When they were seated curbside with ankles crossed, hands beneath their butts, and heads down, it was hard for them not to telegraph their desire to run.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Flickr (Tattooed JJ).</strong></em></p>

Don't Be a Fair Weather Cop  

May 24, 2011
About the last thing I like to do is make t-stops during bad weather. Nonetheless, it's the job. And here's a story of why we need to remain vigilant even when it's awful outside.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Flickr (mark lorch).</strong></em></p>

Non-Cop Films With Serious Cop Lessons  

May 20, 2011
When all those slaves stand up and identify themselves as Spartacus, ask yourself if there hasn't been a time or two when one of your fellow coppers couldn't have benefited from such solidarity?

Hiding in Plain Sight  

May 12, 2011
I've often wondered how many bad guys I missed through the years because I was fixated on looking for hypes wearing long-sleeved Pendleton shirts in summer. Some of the most prolific burglars and robbers in history would camouflage themselves as members of good standing.

How I Nearly Got Arrested  

May 5, 2011
I could have defused the situation early on. Never mind whether or not I was in the right.

He Who Ignores History...  

April 20, 2011
The first two weeks of April bring us anniversaries of two of the most pivotal events in modern officer survival study. The Newhall firefight on April 6, 1970 and the FBI Miami shootout on April 11, 1986 have been nearly forgotten.

Five Underused Phrases in Law Enforcement..and Some Other Things to Think About  

April 12, 2011
In recent days I've been thinking about the language that we use in law enforcement, not just the words we say daily, but also the words we seldom get to say. Here's a look at some words and phrases that all cops would like to be able to say more often or should say more often to make their jobs easier.
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