He wants to hear officers’ side of story

Published 5:51 pm Friday, April 15, 2022

To the editor,

I have a question that’s been bothering me for some time now. I was reading about all this stuff that the new police chief wants to do to better the department and pick up morale within his officers. Everything he wants to do sounds really good and I think our men and women in blue deserve it.

So this leads to my question: Does it not pique your interest as to why he has a hard time keeping officers? When you do a story about officers who are terminated or that they are quitting, have you ever interviewed them to see why? I have never read a story about any officers’ reasons for leaving or being terminated. I believe you can’t do a story justice if you don’t know both sides.

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And as far as you printing that story (“Chief backs process to decertify,” Sunday, April 3), don’t you think that they have suffered enough? You need to know the whole story before you print it. I don’t believe that all of those officers did what they said. I think that maybe these officers would not kiss the ring, so to speak, and were targeted.

These people have a hard and stressful life and see things no one should see. When they go through a situation that can cause mental stress the upper brass is supposed to have their back and I don’t believe that they do. What if it was your son or daughter and it happened to them? Would you print half a story? I think not.

 

Randy Smith

Suffolk