Granby Police Department services are essential to public safety
November 13, 2008
To the Editor:
Referencing the Web Comment of the Day on Nov. 13, a person believes “Granby’s cop-shop” should be cut versus the Downtown Enhancement position. The person also believes there are “umtpeen” police officers and that a SWAT team was formed to combat “unseen (and make-believe) criminals and terrorists.”
I would not consider one police officer on duty during a night shift “umtpeen.” Fortunately, I believe most other Granby residents appreciate the protection and position they put themselves in when they work by themselves.
Consider this thought: Not everything you read in the newspaper is what actually occurs in the town. Consider this: Police officers have to protect themselves also from people who do not like them just because of what they wear. I believe if you needed law enforcement, you would call and fully expect the world to revolve around you.
Fortunately for you, the Granby Police Department will do just that. I hope people who have been victims of crimes (from their houses being burglarized, thefts, domestic violence, underage drinking) read your comment and also find it offensive and uneducated.
Having a “cop-shop” is not bureaucratic; law enforcement is public safety. The SWAT team is a multi-agency team, not just consisting of Granby Police officers.
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If you have the mentality of “it’s not going to happen here, “just think of what the TWO police officers in the small town of Tombstone, Ariz., thought in October when they responded to a bar fight with 20-30 people fighting. It does happen in small towns: People who are on the lam tend to go where the population is smaller. It does happen in a small town: An attempted robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank in Winter Park. It does happen in a small town: Marvin Heemeyer. It does happen in a small town: Platte Valley High School in Bailey.
Keep in mind that crime rises when the economy is in a slump. Unfortunately, the flower pots will not rise to the occasion if a business is robbed. When times are hard, you cut non-essentials (smaller cable package for example). But when times are better, the things you cut are returned.
I feel for Betsy Cook because times are hard, and I would not want to lose my job, but I think it comes down to essential versus non-essential.
And remember, ignorance is NOT bliss.