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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Kalispell Officer Cory Clarke Named Montana Police Officer of the Year

Captain Falkner congratules Officer Clarke while Chief Overman looks on.

The Kalispell Police Department is proud to announce Master Patrol Officer Cory Clarke was awarded the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police Montana Officer of the Year Award.    Officer Clarke was presented the award at MACOP’s annual conference last Thursday October 3, in Billings.  The Montana Association of Chiefs of Police is a professional and philanthropic group of police administrators from across the state. 

Image of Captain Falkner, with Officer Clarke holding Award, and Chief Overman Kalispell Police Chief Overman spoke at the awards ceremony saying, “Officer Cory Clarke embodies the desired qualities expected in a police officer in that he is honest, loyal, trustworthy, ethical, compassionate, practices self-sacrifice for the benefit of others, exhibits sound judgment, and rises to a challenge. Officer Clarke has a realistic view of people and the world. His kindness and sympathy does not stem from naiveté. Officer Clarke has a warrior’s spirit and a servant’s heart.”

Officer Clarke has been with the Kalispell Police Department for eleven years.  He has served as a Patrolman, School Resource Officer, and for the last three years as Campus Resource Officer at Flathead Valley Community College.   He has been engaged with several non-profit and or community based programs over the years to include;The Flathead Human Trafficking Task Force, Safe Kids Safe Communities, Flathead Child Protection Team, STOP Prescription Drug Abuse Coalition, Juvenile Justice Reform Partnership, Alcohol Enforcement Team, Tip a Cop, Junior Police Leadership Academy, Special Olympics, MT Veterans Advisory Committee (FVCC), Behavior Intervention Team (FVCC) and the Northwest MT Run Lock Fight Group, training nearly 2,600 teachers and staff regionally. 

The City of Kalispell is happy to congratulate Master Patrol Officer Clarke believing he is an asset to the Kalispell Police Department and the community he serves.  Detective Karen Webster with the Kalispell Police Department won this prestigious state award last year.

Photo L to R: Captain Tim Falkner, Master Patrol Officer
Cory Clarke, and Chief Doug Overman

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