Sup­port for po­lice

So­ci­ety needs to take a stand be­hind those who up­hold law

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

WHAT a sad in­dict­ment upon our so­ci­ety when those that should be pro­tect­ing the rights of the many be­come so fo­cused on the be­hav­iour of the few that they lose touch with what so­ci­ety re­ally wants as a stan­dard of be­hav­iour upon our streets and i n our homes and work­places.

Have those that should be pro­tect­ing our civil lib­er­ties be­come so lost in the po­lit­i­cally cor­rect jun­gle that they have com­pletely strayed from what good, de­cent peo­ple would con­sider ac­cept­able?

I would have to say that I would not like to bring my chil­dren up in a so­ci­ety where ev­ery­day peo­ple think it is OK to call into ques­tion the parent­age of those who we de­pend so much upon when times are as tough as they have been over the past few months.

While the com­ments of most of the let­ters in the

Townsville Bul­letin on March 19, 2011 thank­fully show that this is not the case, there are those ( if a se­lect few) who still be­lieve that it goes with the job of a po­lice of­fi­cer to be sworn at, spat at and as­saulted.

Well let us not for­get that it is also part of a po­lice of­fi­cer’s job to go to traf­fic ac­ci­dents no mat­ter how hor­ren­dous in na­ture and con­tinue to act in a pro­fes­sional and cour­te­ous man­ner no mat­ter what ef­fect it may have upon them in the long run.

It is also the job of a po­lice of­fi­cer to knock on the door and de­liver t he all-t oofre­quent mes­sage of the death of a loved one.

It is also the job of po­lice of­fi­cers to deal with drunks and vi­o­lent peo­ple ev­ery day, but we must also con­sider that it is also the job of po­lice to go home at the end of their shift to chil­dren and spouses who, at the end of it all, will lis­ten and of­fer sup­port to their loved one.

Have we come to the point in our so­ci­ety that it is OK to rape, pil­lage and burn? No, be­cause mag­is­trates like Rod Mad­sen are will­ing to ac­tu­ally of­fer pun­ish­ment to those who flout the law and stand by the of­fi­cers who take an oath to serve and pro­tect the peo­ple of Queens­land.

I say ku­dos to Mag­is­trate Mad­sen and to the boys and girls in blue, keep do­ing the job you are do­ing be­cause more peo­ple than you re­alise out there in the Queens­land­com­mu­nity re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate your ef­forts and ap­pre­ci­ate the work you put in ev­ery day you put on that uni­form. C. HOSIE,


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