First Responders: Deputy Kara Clark

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - In our latest First Responders segment, we meet up with Deputy Kara Clark with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. We talked with her about her role with the Department and as a school resource officer.

“We want to do good. We want to do those things others just won’t do,” Clark says.

Deputy Kara Clark has been in law enforcement since 2009. She started as a reserve officer with the Meridian Police Department before being hired on full time in 2010. She stayed there for three years before making the jump to the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department where she is a deputy and serves as a school resource officer at Northeast High School.

“It’s easier being a single mom and working during the day. I got to the school and really enjoyed working with the kids and being that positive role model,” Clark says.

Clark began at the elementary school before moving to the high school. Seeing the children grow up and being able to have an impact on their lives, she says, is rewarding. However, there are some difficulties that come with the job like being a female in law enforcement.

“I’ve had the men that don’t want anything to do with a female police officer, then I’ve had women that ask, ‘where is your male backup?’” Clark says.

But those experiences haven’t always been the case. Clark says being a female officer allows for a more dynamic way of handling certain situations.

“Based on the victim or suspect, we can tell which one of us would be better at that call. Sometimes it’s a female,” Clark says.

Clark is nearing the completion of a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She says that’s the route she wants her career to go. Not necessarily being on the streets, but helping those who are and have been.

“I’d like to do PTSD counseling with military, veterans, law enforcement and first responders. I will probably never get out of law enforcement fully because once you get in it and you’ve been in it this long it’s in your blood,” Clark says.

To stay up to date with our First Responders series tune in every Sunday night for Newscenter 11 at 10:00 p.m. and on Good Morning Meridian on Monday mornings.