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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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Kicking Up a Stink Over California Incident  

May 15, 2009

Where are the media’s priorities? Did the officer’s actions really eclipse the actions allegedly perpetrated by the suspect? Why aren’t we seeing the truly offensive footage, that of motorists taking last second evasive actions to avoid being maimed and killed during the pursuit Rodriguez allegedly triggered?

Patience, My Ass. I Want to Arrest Somebody!  

May 8, 2009
Periodically during the passenger's invective, I would step off to the side—always keeping a vigilant eye on the rider and passenger, of course—and whisper to my t.o., “Let me take him!” Each time the t.o. nodded me off without comment and continued methodically filling out his paperwork. I couldn’t believe it.

Have a Script for Field Interviews  

May 1, 2009
Cops shouldn’t be shy about making inquiries into the affairs and possessions of those they deal with.

Could Your Vehicle Approach Get You Killed?  

April 24, 2009

If an officer or his vehicle is immobilized because of haphazard parking on a hot call, other officers can effectively become trapped inside the kill zone because of an inability to back up or accelerate forward due to the incapacitated patrol unit.

The Hazards of “Low Risk” Calls  

April 17, 2009

Annoying, "routine" calls can sometimes have significant consequences for the officers that respond to them.

Secure and Insecure Cops  

April 10, 2009
Few things are more rewarding in one’s career than the opportunity to work among the quietly self-assured. Few things are more depressing than having to work around the desperately insecure.

What I Learned at TREXPO West  

April 3, 2009

At first blush, one would be hard pressed to connect the dots between that Michael Keaton clunker of a film "Multiplicity" and TREXPO. Nonetheless, I found myself thinking of the cloning comedy throughout the three-day training conference and expo because if there's one frustrating thing about TREXPO WEST, it's one's inability to be at multiple places at once.

You Can Get Killed Just Because of Your Uniform  

March 27, 2009
The idea of targeting cops is hardly a new one. Indeed, it may have reached its apex during the late sixties and early seventies with the advent of counter culture revolutionary groups such as the Weathermen, Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army.

In Defense of BS  

March 20, 2009

Maybe I'm throwing in the towel, giving up the ghost, acknowledging defeat—but by God I'm hoping to help cultivate some good BSers here.

Salesmanship 101  

March 13, 2009

Cops like to see themselves as straight shooters—literally and figuratively. Well, they just may have to start appealing to their more diplomatic side.

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