Clark Sparrow

Clark was raised around guns and has been shooting since he was 8 years old. His father was a firearms instructor and the high school marksmanship program leader. Growing up, he had the opportunity to compete through the Boy Scouts of America and 4-H. He has continued to shoot for recreation, competition, and for professional development since he was a child.

Clark's formal education includes a Bachelor's Degree from Gettysburg College and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Georgia. He has been a full-time law enforcement officer since 2006, when he graduated from the police academy at the top of his class in both academic achievement and marksmanship. Clark's work experience includes assignments to:

  • Uniform Patrol Supervisor
  • K-9 / Crime Suppression / Drug Interdiction
  • Special Response Team / SWAT
  • Agency Sniper

In 2012, Clark formed Sparrow Defense to provide training and consultation services to law enforcement, businesses, and civilians. Clark is currently employed by the State of Georgia at the rank of Lieutenant, and is a full time instructor at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. His duties currently include appointment to the Firearms Committee, which is responsible for revising and developing the firearms training program for new law enforcement officers.

Clark continues to train at every opportunity, and has more than 3,400 hours of documented law enforcement training hours in addition to his normal work experience. This includes:

Law Enforcement Certifications:

  • GA POST General Instructor
  • GA POST Firearms Instructor
  • GA POST Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • GA POST Use of Force Instructor
  • GA POST Driving Instructor
  • GA POST Emergency Medical Instructor
  • GA POST Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor
  • GA POST RADAR / LIDAR Speed Detection Device Instructor
  • Patrol Rifle Instructor: Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI)
  • Shotgun Instructor School: Georgia Public Safety Training Center
  • Tactical Medical Instructor: Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
  • ALERRT Active Shooter Instructor
  • First Aid / CPR Instructor: American Heart Association
  • Intermediate Law Enforcement Certification
  • Advanced Law Enforcement Certification
  • Supervisory Law Enforcement Certification
  • Field Training Officer (FTO) Certification

Firearms Instructor Development Courses:

  • Integrated Weapon Systems Instructor Course: "Super" Dave Harrington, of Combat Speed, LLC
  • Vehicle Counter-Ambush Instructor Development: Chase Jenkins, of Talon Defense
  • Low-Light Vehicle Counter-Ambush Instructor Development: Chase Jenkins, of Talon Defense
  • Patrol Vehicle CQB Instructor Course: William Petty, of Centrifuge Training
  • Pistol Instructor Course: Tom Givens, of Range Master
  • Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun Instructor: John Farnam, of Defense Training International
  • NRA Certified Instructor (Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home)

Additional Training and Experience:

  • Combat Speed Pistol: "Super" Dave Harrington, of Combat Speed, LLC
  • Integrated Weapon Systems w/ focus on structure clearing / team tactics: "Super" Dave Harrington, of Combat Speed, LLC
  • Killhouse: Matt Graham, of Graham Combat
  • Partner's Shoot House: Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts
  • Pistol Shooting Solutions: Gabe White of Gabe White Training
  • Combative Pistol: Kelly McCaan, of Kembativz Brand
  • Combative Pistol: Tom Givens, of Rangemaster
  • Performance Pistol: Frank Proctor, of Way of the Gun
  • Tactical Handgun 101: Randy Cain, of Cumberland Tactics
  • "Gunfighter" Vehicle Defense / Counter Ambush: Chase Jenkins, of Talon Defense
  • "Dark Gunfighter" Low Light Vehicle Defense / Counter Ambush: Chase Jenkins, of Talon Defense
  • TCCC (C2): Hugh Coffee of Ditch Medicine / Chase Jenkins of Talon Defense
  • Dynamic Fighting Rifle: Eric Lund, of Lund Dynamics
  • AK Operator Course: Erik Lund, of Lund Dynamics
  • Extreme Close Quarters Concepts (ECQC): Craig "SouthNarc" Douglas, of Shivworks
  • Enhanced Performance in Confrontations (EPIC): Dennis Martin, of CQB Services
  • High Risk Personnel (HRP): Dennis Martin, of CQB Services
  • Survival Tactics (Law Enforcement Restricted): Dennis Martin, of CQB Services
  • CCW Fundamentals: Baret Fawbush / TruExodus
  • Vehicle Tactics: John "Shrek" McPhee, the Sheriff of Baghdad
  • Video Diagnostic Pistol: John "Shrek" McPhee, the Sheriff of Baghdad (x2 courses)
  • Video Diagnostic Rifle: John "Shrek" McPhee, the Sheriff of Baghdad (x2 courses)
  • Private Pistol Instruction: Ken Park, of Precision Shooting Academy
  • Private Rifle Instruction: Jamie Wiedeman, of Wiedeman Consulting and SureFire, LLC
  • SWAT School and 5+ years of SWAT experience
  • Sniper School (multiple) and 2+ years as agency marksman
  • Sub-machine Gun School
  • Protective Details / Diplomat Protection Training
  • ALERRT Active Shooter Response Training (multiple courses)
  • Incident Command for Active Shooter Incidents - (DoHS /FEMA)
  • Medical First Responder
  • Certified Glock Armorer
  • Certified Sig Sauer Armorer
  • Certified Smith and Wesson M&P Rifle and Pistol Armorer
  • 4 years of formal boxing training