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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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Photo courtesy of Tiago Rïbeiro (Flickr.com).

Superstitions  

January 28, 2010
It's been my experience that it's the new guy who's the true harbinger of doom. Like the four horsemen, his name on an in-service sheet is a clarion call that all hell's going to break loose.

Dealing With the Off-Duty Cop  

January 14, 2010
Not much has been written about the prospect of dealing with the off-duty cop. Yet you can be certain that at some point you will.

How's Your Poker Face?  

January 7, 2010
Men are all too transparent. They stare, they ogle, they salivate. They wouldn't know subtlety if it came up and bit them on the ass. And that's true when they see criminals.
Law enforcement officers gather to remember Oakland (Calif.) PD officers killed in an ambush in 2009. 
Photo courtesy of Skortch311 (flickr.com)

For Those We Miss This Christmas Season  

December 23, 2009
Regardless of your theological beliefs, this is the time of year to be reflective. To consider those things for which we are thankful. To contemplate what might have been.

Where the Job Is Better Nowadays  

December 15, 2009
Once upon a time you had to use your radio to run subjects for wants and warrants. Now, you can run as many subjects as you want. As if that wasn't enough, license plate recognition systems can alert you for warrants.

When This Guy Says He Wants Someone Decisive, Believe Him  

December 8, 2009
"I thank God my partner had the balls to do what he had to do," he said. "I'd rather he take [the shot at me] than hesitate and get me or both of us killed. He's my partner, and any guys that are Monday morning quarterbacking the guy can kiss my ass."

Four More Cops Killed: Where Is The Outrage?  

December 1, 2009
Shortly before I retired, I openly speculated that we were on the cusp of a new era where people would increasingly bring the fight to us. Moreover, I said they would prove to be greater threats, less predisposed to "gangsta"-style shooting and actually recognize the significance of sight alignment and trigger control.

It's Your Crime Scene; Protect It  

November 25, 2009
Often, this last line of defense is made with little more than some flimsy yellow tape separating your victim from his friends, family, and grandstanding looky-loos trying to make a name for themselves.

Normally I'd Just Hump Your Leg, But OK  

November 17, 2009
Fortunately, K-9s are not just the butts (or other anatomical parts) of pranks. Some actually get the opportunity to do great police work.
Tags: K-9 Units

Fort Hood: Can It Happen to Us?  

November 10, 2009
Murders of law enforcement personnel by their brethren are not without precedent. Lovers' triangles have resulted in murder-suicides; subordinates have shot superiors; ex-cops-cum-felons have killed lawmen.
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