ASU assistant police chief transitions to new university role

May 17, 2012

Arizona State University assistant police chief Allen Clark is taking on new challenges in his career as he transitions to ASU’s director of emergency preparedness.

With a strong track record of training first responders throughout the university and the country on emergency operations, Clark will focus initially on preparedness initiatives, including planning for restoration of normal operations after an incident occurs. Allen Clark Download Full Image

“I’m excited about expanding my career in emergency preparation to include additional aspects other than those of a first responder,” Clark said. “It’s a brand new position.”

ASU’s Police Department has been Clark’s employer since 1989. He joined the department after working as an officer in Huachuca City, Ariz., and as a law enforcement specialist/security forces officer for the Arizona Air National Guard. During his ASU police career, Clark climbed the ranks from a patrol officer to corporal, sergeant, commander and was named assistant chief in 2007.

“Allen has made some great contributions to law enforcement and ASU,” said ASU Police Department Chief John Pickens. “It has been a pleasure working with him. Because of his dedication and commitment, we are a better agency. I wish him continued success in his new position.” 

Highlights during Clark’s career have been numerous. He spearheaded a firearms program overhaul in 1993 to provide updated equipment and training opportunities for department staff. He planned security operations for Super Bowls and dignitary visits including the 2009 commencement with President Barack Obama. He co-chaired a committee to review the Virginia Tech shootings and served on an awards committee for police department personnel. Clark particularly enjoyed his time as a sergeant in the department as it enabled him to directly mentor officers he supervised while working on administrative matters.

One of his most memorable moments occurred in 2000 when he was a sergeant. He approached a vehicle in a dark off-campus parking lot and apprehended a man for attempting to rape a woman. He discovered that the suspect was wanted in Texas and that the vehicle he was in was connected to a homicide from another state.

“I just happened to be at the right place at the right time,” he said.

Other instances are memorable for different reasons, such as the time he took his mother for a “ride-along” so she could see what her son did on the job. After apprehending a suspected drunk driver and placing her in the back of his patrol car, he began to process the suspect’s vehicle for evidence. He returned to his car several minutes later only to find his mother hugging and consoling the crying woman.    

During his years at the department, Clark also has developed a positive working relationship with the university community. One of the hallmarks of a university police department is working with administration and other departments to enhance the educational environment.

“Though it may not always seem apparent, we are very oriented to student success,” he said. “ASU and the police department foster an environment of free speech, assembly and the right of young people to mature into adults. Unfortunately, there are times when the maturation process conflicts with state laws and our involvement is required.”

As the university continues to grow, Clark has helped facilitate keeping pace with the community policing needs of students, faculty and staff by leveraging technology and cutting-edge processes.   

“Nearly six months before other Valley police departments began studying the use of 13-hour shifts, our department had implemented the shift and began an in-depth study of its effects on our personnel. The administration has been very supportive when studying new systems, and has funded technology that helps the department succeed in a very dynamic environment,” he said.

Clark has appreciated the support of top university administrators throughout his years in the police department.

“As most have witnessed at one time or another, there is never a time when the university is idle,” he said. “In that regard, we’ve appreciated the support from President Michael Crow, Morgan Olsen, and several other ASU administrators when advancing the ASU Police Department to one of the best in the nation. Dr. Crow has always been one of our greatest proponents.”

Clark, who starts in his new position July 2, said he’ll miss the people from the police department, but is looking forward to expanding his role in emergency preparedness.

“It’s been a very fulfilling career,” he said. “It’s time to take it to the next level.”

Softball and 12 All-Conference Honorees kick off postseason

May 17, 2012


The No. 2 Arizona State softball team starts off the first round of postseason play this weekend, seeded third, beginning with a matchup against LIU Brooklyn. Download Full Image

The Devils, who wrapped up the regular season with a 46-7 overall and 18-4 Pac-12 Conference record, will square off versus the Blackbirds (25-33, 13-7 NEC) on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. PT. They will then face either Syracuse or Long Beach State on Saturday. For more information, including the NCAA bracket, visit NCAA Tournament Central, located here.

The Tempe Regional, one of 16 across the nation, will feature four teams in a double-elimination contest, with the winner of each regional advancing to the Super Regional. The Arizona State postseason page is located here.

Fans can follow the action through NCAA GameTracker, or ASU Softball's Twitter account. The webcast will be provided by The Blaze 1330 AM and available here. GameTracker, which provides live statistics and play-by-play summaries, is found on the tournament page here. You can find ASU Softball on Twitter at @ASUSoftball. 

SOFTBALL HAS 12 HONORED FOR PAC-12 ALL-CONFERENCE | Full Teams | Conference Release
Four Sun Devils donned First-Team Pac-12 All-Conference honors, two Second Team distinctions and three with Honorable Mention status. Three newcomers were listed on the inaugural Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. Senior Katelyn Boyd picked up the Pac-12 Softball Batting Championship title - she boasts a .457 batting average which ranks fifth nationally.

The four Sun Devils making it on the First-Team ballot marks the second most in program history dating back to 1987 - the most for ASU coming in 2008 when six were honored.

First Team
Katelyn Boyd - 2012, 2011, 2010; 2009 Second Team; 2009 First Team Pac-10 All-Freshman
Dallas Escobedo - 2012, 2011; 2011 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, All-Freshman Team
Alix Johnson - 2012; 2011 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team
Annie Lockwood - 2012; 2011 Second Team 

Second Team
Hillary Bach - 2012; 2010 All Pac-10 Honorable Mention; 2009 First Team Pac-10 All-Freshman
Elizabeth Caporuscio - 2012

Honorable Mention
Amber Freeman - 2012
Talor Haro - 2012, 2011
Bailey Wigness - 2012

All-Freshman Team
Elizabeth Caporuscio
Amber Freeman
Haley Steele

All session passes for Sun Devil softball go on sale to the general public at 1 p.m. Monday (May 14) as Arizona State will host first-round NCAA postseason action beginning Thursday this week at Farrington Stadium. Those that have already ordered tickets can pick up the tickets starting Monday at 1 p.m.

Single-game tickets will go on sale no later than 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16. Credit card machines are at the ticket booth at Farrington Stadium.

Arizona State wrapped up the regular season in a highly contested series against No. 1 California, which saw the Devils go 1-2 on the weekend, winning their final game of the regular season. ASU notched 25 hits in the series, five of which came in the final inning with two outs on the board in Sunday's victory.

ASU is 37-2 at home in 2012
Coach Myers is 41-9 in the postseason overall
Coach Myers is 20-1 in NCAA action at Farrington Stadium

2011 National Champions (10-0)
2010 (3-2)
2009 (7-3)
2008 National Champions (10-0)
2007 (5-2)
2006 (6-2)

LIU Brooklyn: The Blackbirds are 25-33 overall with a 13-7 Northeastern Conference record after winning the NEC Championship. LIU Brooklyn is hitting a cumulative .246 on the season, led by a .320 clip from Nichole Toven. The bullpen, which is four pitchers deep, is spearheaded by right-hander Megan Sheaf's 3.06 ERA. 

Syracuse: Heading into the postseason with a 40-14 record, the Orange finished Big East play at 17-5. Lisaira Daniels leads the team with a .342 batting average, contributing to the .249 team total, while Jenna Caira leads the pitching staff with a 25-7 record on a 1.56 ERA.

Long Beach State: The 49ers kick off the regional after a 28-23 season, going 16-5 in the Big West Conference. The team is hitting a cumulative .280, including Hannah De Gaetano's .337 clip. Erin Jones-Wesley has a 20-12 pitching record, with a 1.97 ERA.