IN DE­FENCE OF PO­LICE OF­FI­CERS

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

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

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