Mark S. Dunston is the Chief of Police for a law enforcement agency on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Beginning his career in 1984,

Mark has served in numerous positions and assignments throughout his career.  These positions include undercover narcotics, uniformed patrol, uniformed patrol supervisory ranks, investigations, academy instructor and academy director, and law enforcement executive.  

Mark served as the specialized and advanced training coordinator for the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers’ Training Academy (MLEOTA), and was the first director of the North MS Law Enforcement Training Center.  While the director of the NMLETC, he held the rank of Captain with Tupelo, MS Police Department where he was also responsible for the SWAT team.  His team was responsible for conducting several search warrant service actions as well as resolving hostage/barricaded suspect incidents. 

Mark was an original member of the training staff with the Mississippi Police Corps at The University of Southern Mississippi.  The MS Police Corps was a very successful program that produced top caliber law enforcement officers with an emphasis on problem solving policing. 

Mark has trained over 50,000 law enforcement and military personnel throughout the United States, its territories, and foreign governments, including Hong Kong, China, Canada, and Brazil in areas of use of force, firearms, officer survival and problem solving, as well as the leadership and management issues that direct those topics.  He is a former instructor for the Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar and for several years taught at the prestigious United States Park Service SpecOps training program.  Additionally, Mark has instructed at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) at Glynco, GA.  He has instructed and lectured for many federal agencies including US Fish and Wildlife, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the United States Coast Guard TACLETS units.


As an instructor-trainer for the PPCT Management Subject Control group, Mark has instructed several trainers to return to their agencies as instructors in use of force, impact weapons, and subject control tactics.  Mark has designed and implemented many other training programs for law enforcement agencies including firearms, pursuit driving, field supervision and executive leadership.

Mark has had numerous articles and research papers published in law enforcement periodicals and journals on the topics of use of force and officer survival, the management of the use of force and liability issues concerning the use of force and vehicle pursuits.  He is the author of one book, co-author of two others and served as content editor for two other authors.  His published work has been cited by other authors within the criminal justice field.  He has appeared numerous times on the Law Enforcement Television Network and the Professional Security Training Network as well as FOX, ABC and CBS affiliates, as a content expert and panelist on those same topics.  He is a graduate of the 191st FBI National Academy and the 20th Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police conducted with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. 
​As an expert witness and litigation consultant, Mark has been retained in several cases in both federal and state courts in Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Michigan, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, California and Ohio. 


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