Officer Mark Guard
Coral Springs Police Officer – 4 Years
Bachelor’s Degree, Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin
Prior Experience – Corporal, United States Marine Corps and Broward Sheriff’s Office
Experience with CSPD – Road Patrol, Field Training Officer
Why did you pursue a career in Law Enforcement?
I enjoyed the teamwork atmosphere I experienced in the Marine Corps and wanted a career that could duplicate that feeling. I also wanted to have a positive influence on society and I feel police officers have a direct impact on society.
Why did you choose to work for the Coral Springs Police Department?
Once I knew I wanted to leave B. S. O. I started researching other agencies. While talking to Officers from various agencies, it seemed that Coral Springs Officers were generally happier and genuinely liked working for the City of Coral Springs. The overall morale at CSPD seemed exponentially higher than other agencies.
What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is knowing that I have a positive impact on society. Every time you talk to a citizen you have a unique opportunity to improve police relations in the community.
What do you like to do outside of work to alleviate the stress encountered on the job?
Comedy writing, playing or watching basketball, video games (huge Call of Duty fan), and spending time with family.
Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for prospective minority and/or female applicants about becoming a police officer?
Although family support is important to have as a police officer, you shouldn't let another person's preconceived notions or past dealings with law enforcement influence your decision to become a police officer. I strongly suggest doing multiple ride-a-longs with multiple agencies and simply talking with Officers to see what police work is all about. Law enforcement has been very good to me and I like coming to work. Not everyone can say that about their job.