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A retirement ceremony for Gastonia Police Sgt. Jeff Clark will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the Gastonia Police Community Room, 200 E. Long Ave.
During the ceremony Sgt. Clark will receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest recognition from the Governor of North Carolina to outstanding North Carolinians who have a record of more than 30 years of exemplary service to the state.
Sgt. Clark joined the Gastonia Police Department in November 1983 as a patrol officer, and was promoted to sergeant in 2000. He has served as a supervisor in Patrol, the Street Crimes Unit and with the Mobile Field Force.
During his career he served in many capacities: as a Field Training Officer, with the Tactical Team, as a Detective, Training Coordinator, Policy Officer, and an original member of the GPD SWAT Team which started in the '80s.
In addition to his regular duties, Sgt. Clark has been a state certified Law Enforcement Instructor since 1988, and currently teaches classes for new recruits. He has served as a part-time Public Information Officer since 2007.
He assisted other law enforcement agencies during severe weather events: Greenville, N.C., with Hurricane Floyd and St. Bernard's Parrish, La., with Hurricane Katrina. He has organized and participated in many charitable events including Hospice Poker Runs, D.A.R.E. Camp, and Victory Junction.
What has been the best part of his career?
"The most memorable/meaningful part has been the people," Sgt. Clark said. "Good and bad they all changed my life in some way. I go out every day and see or speak to someone that at some time in my career our paths crossed. We share a word to remember that encounter or just a glance in passing that jolts a memory. I grew up and started a family here, not only in Gastonia but in the police department. This is home."
Sgt. Clark holds his bachelor's degree from Gardner-Webb University, and is currently pursuing a Master's of Justice Administration at Methodist University. He holds numerous awards including the Optimist International Officer of the Year Award, GPD's Medal of Valor, Police Star of Gallantry, Life Saving Award, eight Chief's Achievement Awards and numerous letters of commendation.