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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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A Plea for Ballistic Helmets   

February 7, 2014
Officers who object to wearing ballistic face shields/helmets in high-risk shooting situations should have a face-to-face discussion with their children and ask their children, "What if daddy or mommy would get killed at work and not ever come home again and not ever hug and kiss you or play with you, how would you feel?"
<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Advice for the New L.A. Sheriff  

February 4, 2014
Can the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assert itself as one of the best and most innovative departments in the country? Can it say that it serves its communities as vigilantly and as well as other law enforcement agencies? Can it say that it still enjoys the reputation in the profession that it once did?

Friend, or Foe…Or, Neither?  

January 20, 2014
I couldn't help but note how the absence of supervisorial intervention had played out for others elsewhere; how their failure to stem some cancerous problem exacted ever greater tolls later. What might have culminated with a written reprimand or a punitive day off instead ended up being the irrevocable loss of careers, families, and freedoms. A few employees ended up taking their lives.

Video: How Former St. Croix PD Chief Survived Harrowing Gunfight  

January 16, 2014
His arm shattered by bullets and his vehicle incapacitated, Howell took a tourniquet out of a trauma kit and used it to stanch the bleeding. Without that tourniquet and the proper training on how to use it, he would have likely bled out.
<p>Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. Photo via LASD.</p>

And So the Baca Era Ends  

January 7, 2014
But whatever Baca’s priorities, I have reason to question that the welfare of his personnel and countrymen were high among them. His tax dollar-funded support of a department Muslim Community Affairs Unit was less concerning to my mind than his open advocacy of other questionable Muslim entities such as CAIR. Also his mea culpa parading of contrite Century deputies in the aftermath of a shooting proved more embarrassing than mollifying.

Keep Your Sense of Humor  

December 23, 2013
As a demonstrably immature 21-year-old, I defensively adopted a more reserved demeanor in the hopes that it would be interpreted by the academy staff as reflective of a sober nature. I beat down any temptation to crack a joke in the academy with whack-a-mole determination and my effort was so successful that I quickly became known as "stress cadet”

Getting Schooled  

December 4, 2013
In the hierarchy of transgressions, we never pay more than when we pay for the unsatisfactory explanation. Sometimes it’s smart to be smart, act smart, and explain accordingly.
<p>Vehicles such as this LDV model are always a big draw.</p>

My Report from COPS West 2013  

November 12, 2013
The expo can be a bit of an adventure. And herein I will share some of my thoughts on this year's edition.

Toy Guns and Cops: A Toxic Mix  

November 4, 2013
As for those who have tried to damn those officers, I wonder what they would hope they might do if they'd seen 12-year-old Nevada teenager Jose Reyes whip out a firearm on teacher Michael Lansberry.
<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Wishful Thinking  

October 27, 2013
Common sense law enforcement. A 14-year old gets arrested and charged for streaking and faced with being expelled, prosecuted, and branded a sex offender he commits suicide.
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