Mark Patterson started his career in policing in 1997. He is a graduate of Carleton University. As a police officer, Mark has been in the following sections: Patrol Services, Neighborhood, the Youth and Adult Street Gang Section and the Intelligence Section. He currently holds the rank of Staff Sergeant and has supervised in the Court Security and Cellblock Section and the Guns and Gangs / Direct Action Response Team (DART) Firearms Section. Mark is the proud father of two boys both involved in AAA hockey and is currently a volunteer on the coaching staff. He has been involved in numerous projects, the most prominent being the Ottawa Gang Strategy.