Region’s officers do a great job
MT DRUITT police have copped more criticism than any other local area command I’ve worked with in my time as a crime reporter.
For some residents, police are a comforting sight in an area with a bad name.
But for others, there is a real ‘ us versus them’ attitude towards those in blue.
After riding along with police during Operation Hollydene on Friday, I was comforted to see the real connection cops on the beat have with so many.
And, even in the face of aggression, foul language and insults, the tone from police remained calm and actions deliberate.
I did not feel unsafe, because when things were tense there was an officer at the ready – not just for me but for anyone watching.
But, with a growing trend of violence and gang activity in the area, residents told me they are afraid.
It was an impressive sight to see a convoy of flashing lights roll out, with PolAir above.
But it was even more impressive to see the officers at work, taking positions without sharing a word as the homes known to be frequented by alleged gang members were doorknocked.
The dog patrol works the area.