Lynnwood police grieve the loss of 35-year veteran officer Mark Brinkman

Lynnwood Police Office Mark Brinkman (Photo courtesy of Shannon Sessions)

Members of the Lynnwood Police Department on Monday mourned the death of 35-year veteran police officer Mark Brinkman, who served as the department’s drug recognition officer and president of the department’s police guild.

Friends and colleagues remember Brinkman as a hardworking police officer, devoted husband and father, and strong leader and mentor. According to a letter signed by Lynnwood Police Chief Jim Nelson, Brinkman collapsed at his home the evening of Sunday, April 11, and was rushed to the hospital where he died. He was 56 years old.

“Mark was a very dedicated law enforcement professional, friend, father and husband,” Nelson said. “I will miss him personally, and the members of your department are grieving his loss.”

Brinkman began his law enforcement career in the City of Langley, before transferring to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. He was hired by the Lynnwood Police Department in 1996.

According to Nelson, Brinkman distinguished himself as a leader regionally as the vice-president of WACOPS (the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs) and locally in his service as the president of the Lynnwood Police Guild.

Mark Brinkman

Brinkman was especially passionate about traffic safety where he was widely recognized for his specialized work as a Drug Recognition Expert and trainer. He also became a fixture in the region, serving as a Law Enforcement Liaison to the Target Zero program — a statewide highway safety plan aimed at reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Washington’s roadways to zero by the year 2030.

“He served his family well, his Whidbey community, his church family, City of Lynnwood, his LPD family, other fellow first responders and more,” said Lynnwood City Councilmember Shannon Sessions. “This is a shocking, sudden, major loss.”

Additionally, Brinkman was awarded the Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s (WTSC) 2016 Law Enforcement Liaison of the Year.

Lynnwood Today interviewed Brinkman on video in 2018 for his work as a drug recognition expert. You can view that interview here.

He is survived by his wife Leslie, two adult sons and a daughter.

–By Cody Sexton

  1. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and brothers and sisters in blue during this time of sorrow. We thank Officer Brinkman for his service, dedication and sacrifices as well as his family for their love, support and sacrifices also. Rest In Peace.

  2. Officer Mark was not only a dedicated law enforcement professional; he was a decent man, who treated everyone whom he came in contact with respect, dignity and kindness. The City of Lynnwood communities have lost a true servant’s servant. May his soul rest in peace.

  3. Dang so sad Praying for the family! Thank God for the promised hope we have through Jesus Christ! Just as Christ Jesus rose, so will we who believe!

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