IN DEFENCE OF POLICE OFFICERS
LAST Thursday, images were released of the injuries a police officer sustained when he was allegedly attacked with a samurai sword in Rockingham. They were so shocking, I told a friend, whose husband has just been accepted into the force, not to look at them. She is worried enough about her husband’s safety without seeing these images every time he goes to work. While most comments online were in support of the injured constable and the police force in general, it was shocking to read comments advocating for violence against police. As part of our job as journalists, we work closely with our local police force. Some officers are funny, some are serious, but in my experience, they all have one thing in common: they want the best for Rockingham. The fact that people would believe it’s ok to attack them simply for the uniform they wear is deplorable. They aren’t their uniform. They put on their uniforms every day and do their job, trying to keep our community safe. So cut them some slack.
Rachel Fenner - Reporter