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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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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.

Racial Profiling: A Pragmatic Approach  

April 8, 2011
Law enforcement officers rely on their training and experience when developing a case and if their expertise leads them to believe that a subject is involved in, or about to be involved in criminal activity, this belief shouldn't be discounted simply because it was based partly on the subject's race or ethnicity.

A Good Argument for Thinking Some Very Bad Thoughts  

March 29, 2011
I thought it was universally understood throughout our profession that when we fail to train, we train for failure.

A Few Words on Searches of Detainees  

March 18, 2011
A little charm can go a long way. By catering to their ego without emboldening them - "You play college football?" - you might even get them empathizing with your desire to secure them before searching.

Lessons Learned from the Rodney King Arrest  

March 4, 2011
Former LAPD Capt. Greg Meyer writes about three factors, including the loss of the carotid control hold, overly aggressive baton training, and the ineffective 7-watt TASERs in use at the time.

My Memories of the Rodney King Riots? Rage and Frustration  

March 4, 2011
Traffic on the I-10 Freeway was non-existent, save for those who absolutely had to go to work under a hazy film of smoky clouds. I remember thinking that all of the other commuters must have been either cops or firefighters.

Cleaning Out My Files (And Why You Shouldn't)  

March 3, 2011
Insight gleaned about how and why a suspect committed his crime might put him back on your radar-even aid in a subsequent trial-should he adhere to a unique M.O.

Child's Play: Lessons From a Decades-Old Murder  

February 18, 2011
The body of Mike's mother had been found on their kitchen floor. She'd been stabbed 51 times, and it didn't take long for Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies to take 16-year-old Mike into custody for her murder.

Why I Hate Contacting Some Police Departments  

February 16, 2011
Having been there and done your job, I'm here to tell you—no, promise you—that I'll try to go out of my way not to set you up or burn you.
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