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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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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.
Photo via Flickr (SuperFantastic).

Of Bipeds, Fangs, and the Need for Dentu-Creme  

February 4, 2011
There are few things in life that can get literally and figuratively under one's skin like a bite. The mere thought of a sentient human being making a conscious decision to rend the flesh of another with his teeth - well, that's just wrong.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words…And Maybe Some Punitive Time Off  

January 24, 2011
Even if one could somehow rationalize his way around such ghoulish behavior, it carries with it too many risks. And one day, regardless of whether or not such pictures fall into the wrong hands or cause yourself any other grief, you may well regret taking them.
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