Policing a fine line
RE: ‘‘ Thrill seekers caught’’ ( TB, March 24).
In relation to what occurred that weekend and being a resident, there is another side to the story.
Senior - sergeant Damien Crosby and his assistants conducted their operation over the weekend of March 19-20 hunting down juvenile offenders on dirt bikes to appease some residents on Forestry Rd.
Is this an appropriate use of police resources to rid the community of the scourge of children on motorcycles terrorising the law abiding residents of Forestry Rd? Are there no more real criminals to catch?
The celebrated capture of the nine-year-old villain and his 15-year-old partner in crime on the quad bike as detailed by Nathan Paull, highlights how far the police have digressed from what is important life saving police work and what is merely making headlines and pandering to the whingeing and whining of residents who probably shouldn’t have moved to a rural area in the first place.
Forestry Rd has a 20 metre wide grassed verge ( maintained by the residents, not council) between the rural blocks and the road edge. The children mentioned were traversing along this at little more than walking pace.
They were travelling up the grassed area beside the road to a residence some 450m away on the same side of the road.
These boys were not hooning, speeding or causing a public nuisance, merely travelling slowly to one of their properties so they could ride their bikes at his track out the back.
In contrast to the pouring of police resources into this all important operation to catch kids on dirt bikes, on February 25 I witnessed a nasty head-on collision at the intersection of Forestry Rd and the Bruce Highway.
We assisted the two elderly people who were injured in the accident ( one of whom had chest pain and trouble breathing) and helped direct traffic on a busy Friday afternoon.
In the lengthy time we stayed there helping I watched two ambulances arrive one after another, take time to treat the victims, then take them to hospital, then two tow trucks ar- rived and began loading the car wrecks before any police even attended the scene.
Surely there are more pressing issues that need the attention of a Senior sergeant and his offsider for an entire weekend, than hunting down, persecuting and intimidating the children of our community of Bluewater who are trying to enjoy some recreational riding on their dirt bikes in an area where t here are very f ew places left to do so.
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