Be proud of New Castle police force
I would like to respond to the letter from Mr. Shankland (Post Independent, Feb. 16) regarding the New Castle Police Department. Over the past decade I have had the privilege of working with all the public safety agencies (police, sheriff, fire, ambulance and emergency dispatch) between Parachute and Aspen. You should feel proud of the police department we have in New Castle. I can state categorically that the NCPD is one of the finest, hardest-working and most diligent group of law enforcement officers I have had the experience of observing in action. There is the possibility the officer you observed at the gas station was finishing a police report or talking with members of the public to gain information on these people who are willing to trash our community. Maybe they were just taking their well-earned 15-minute break to get a cup of coffee so they could be alert when they go back out and protect your and my property and safety. That gas station at that hour is at risk of more serious crime, being the only business open at the I-70 interchange. At any rate, the officer was visible to the public, hopefully giving pause to those with ill intent. To insinuate the police department should be held responsible for the losses caused by the cowardly vandals describes to me one of the problems of our society. Instead of blaming those who caused the senseless destruction and loss, you blame officers who have taken an oath to protect your life.Perhaps you should go on a ride-along with one of the NCPD officers to experience the true nature of public safety work before you make judgments. To those thieves and vandals who have been working in the dark, you will be exposed. The pain and aggravation you have perpetrated on our community will come back to haunt you. I have found life has a way of giving back that which we put into it, negative or positive. Show some courage and try to right the wrongs you have committed.Jim Stevens is a Glenwood Springs resident.
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