Detective Mark Mynheir visits us today from Palm Bay Police Department (PBPD), an agency located midway on Florida’s east coast. Mark is a man of many talents currently assigned as a homicide investigator with PBPD’s Criminal Investigations Unit. He also served as a member of the department’s SWAT team, with prior experience as a narcotics agent and a patrol officer.
I got into law enforcement because I was getting out of the Marine Corps and didn’t have a job. All my Marine buddies were becoming cops, so I thought I’d give it a try. I wasn’t that enthusiastic about it until I applied for the academy. After that, I knew it was going to be my career.
MARK YOUNG: What starts to click in your mind when you start to respond to one of these calls?
MARK YOUNG: Along the same lines, many departments—whose officers have faced a particularly horrendous situation such as a brutal crime scene or officer-involved shootings—require their personnel to seek clearance from mental health professionals before returning to work. How does your department handle these situations? Are they mandatory or optional? Does it depend on the circumstances?
MARK YOUNG: A unique investigation in any police department is that of an officer involved shooting—either officers as victims, or officers forced to use deadly force in the performance of their duties. Now, we’ve seen on the big screen where our hero officer has shot up the town trying to kill the bad guy. In the next scene, the officer is back on duty, loading up his magazines for the next event. What really happens in these situations?
MARK YOUNG: We know these officer-involved investigations are very complicated and sensitive. In general terms, how are these types of investigations handled in your department? Is there a county or regional protocol? Is the district attorney’s or prosecutor’s office a part of the investigating team? Are these cases investigated by another agency?
MARK YOUNG: As an experienced police officer, what is one thing you see dramatized on television, in the movies, or in novels that contradicts what you know to be true in real life? Something as implausible as DNA results by the end of a commercial break. What’s one thing that makes you roll you eyes and say to yourself … that writer doesn’t know what they’re writing about?