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Ken Davis Unsung Hero, Eugene Police Officer David Clark

A self-described military brat, Eugene Police Officer David Clark initially believed his version of public service lay in the public school classroom. But it was lacking the individual approach he longed to give his students. As he tried to find a new focus with an education degree, he found himself home one day watching some officers work with a group at a nearby park and the lightbulb went off. He wanted to be a police officer. In 2004, he joined the Burlington Police Department in Vermont then became a Eugene Police officer in 2004. He was promoted in 2019 to sergeant and shortly thereafter he asked for a demotion so he could continue to do hands-on work with people on the streets.

The kids still hold a special place in his heart. He enjoys being able to help get them off the street, but it’s so many people who make his work profound and meaningful. He loves understanding the person behind the front story of homelessness or addiction. He knows their struggles are more important than their criminality so he does what he can for them while still holding them accountable. He’s deeply aware of the power he has being the person who comes in on someone’s worst day. It is the fixing he can do in that moment, to help bring calm to the storm, that he really enjoys about his job.

Officer Clark has been working with the local St. Vincent DePaul Lindholm Center. Through his work organizing an annual holiday celebration, a summer BBQ, and impromptu visits just to say hi even when he is not responding to a call, he has built a foundation of trust with many of the community members. This relationship, and familiarity with clients, builds trust so that when they find themselves in crisis, he is sometimes the only person they will talk to.

Officer Clark is passionate about his involvement with Special Olympics. He never misses an event if he can help it. He’s been a champion for getting others involved in activities. Being able to show his admiration for the achievements of others and cheer them to victory in their lives remains an ongoing focus.

In his spare time, Officer Clark is an avid woodworker, often building customized corn hole boards for auctions and benefits, bell stands for police departments around the northwest and furniture. He is married to a Eugene community service officer and has two children. His eldest son recently became an officer with the department. EPD has become a family business.