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Auxiliary Police Officer Milton S. Clarke | New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section, New York New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section, New York

Auxiliary Police Officer

Milton S. Clarke

New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 1, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 4 years, 6 months

Badge # 1900

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 32 years to life

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Auxiliary Officer Clarke was shot and killed while attempting to disarm a man who had just shot another man.

Office Clarke was off-duty when he heard several shots being fired on a Bronx Street. Armed with his own licensed .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, he confronted the suspect who opened fire and struck him six times. Officer Clarke’s gun jammed after he pulled the trigger once.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and attempted murder and sentenced to 32 years to life. He will be eligible for parole in 2025.

Officer Clarke had served with the New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section for 4 1/2 years.

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Officer Clarke, today marks the 22nd anniversary of your tragic murder. How sad that you left behind a loving family and so many friends. It's also sad that your own firearm (which you would not have had while on duty-also sad) jammed, it could have saved you.

Being an Auxiliary can be one of the most rewarding stations on law enforcement. You are helping people, protecting people and property and whereas it's part-time, it never becomes 'just a job'. The first two years of my now 37 years on the job I was privileged to be an Auxiliary in my hometown. I learned a lot not only from the regular cops, but my fellow Auxiliaries. Some of the finest people I've even known. We did it for a resume builder, to gain experience, to know the 'fun' of being a cop and to proudly wear a badge and gun (we were armed). The pride we all felt was amazing and we knew we were accomplishing something important. I know that is how you felt. How would I know this, having never met you? When you do something for no pay, no benefits and sadly too often no respect, it's obvious as hell.

God Bless you Officer Clarke and may God and you continue to watch over all those who knew and loved you best. May you also keep a good eye on all those Auxiliaries who continue to patrol and protect wherever they may be. Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
December 1, 2015


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