Mark doesn’t usually talk about work with his friends. He tries to stay humble. It was a pleasant surprise then when, during last year’s Thingyan, he logged onto to Facebook to see a picture of the police engaging with the crowds. His friend had posted it, along with a note saying that the police had been very friendly that year and seemed like they were trying a different approach. For Mark, it showed that the work he’s been doing with the Myanmar Police Force is beginning to show. It made him happy.

“Community policing is a great component of MYPOL’s work,” he says. “With change in the country, police can come out of their stations and engage with the community.”

Mark has a wealth of previous experience, so when it came time to officially launch the five-year MYPOL project, it was clear that he would be an essential part of its success. In a word, he’s been described as invaluable.

And it shows. During the three-week training on community policing, Mark translated in real time what the trainers were saying and also translated back the trainees’ questions. He also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the MPF had all the necessary information about the trainings.

To him, it’s all been worth it. “It broadens my perspective,” he says. “It’s been great working with the police, talking to them and hearing them say how excited they are to apply what they have learned.”