“Since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until you hear them speak.”

“Since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until you hear them speak.”

A recent letter to the editor about Montevideo police officers had me bemused.

From everything I have seen, our police officers go above and beyond the call of duty, have gone out of their way to be friendly and connect with the community, and strive to keep the community safe.

If others’ experiences have been different, I tend to wonder what type of company they are keeping.

I find it difficult to believe the police are setting “traps” for drunk drivers, but if they are, is that really so bad? We do not need drunk drivers on the roads. Whether they are driving three miles, 30 miles or 300 miles, they are still a hazard.

Times have changed. Police have many duties and responsibilities. They do not have time to go around taking people’s keys who have sat bellyup for too long and drive them home. That is why we have friends, taxis, and if nothing else, legs.

If police were “circling” certain areas of town it may be due to the fact that they are patrol officers and that is what they do. They drive around patroling, “circling” town.

Perhaps a little paranoid to think they were targeting certain areas or specific people. But, if they were, it might be because they had reason. Perhaps they received a tip or a complaint and were doing their job, following a lead.

If fewer were on patrol Wednesday evening, perhaps there is more patrol on a weekend evening than a week night.

If by chance one or two officers are harrassing individuals, it should be brought to the attention of the chief, and not be assumed that Montevideo police are out to get people.

The Montevideo police are respectful, have a good work ethic and a huge responsibility. They continue to do a tremendous job and should be commended, not criticized, for doing their job. It is unfair to judge until you have walked in one’s shoes.

Quote of the day:
“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.”
—Jack Handey