Browns­dale res­i­dent clar­i­fies com­ments about RCMP


Dear edi­tor,

It was with great dis­ap­point­ment that I read the RCMP’s re­ac­tion to my CBC Ra­dio Noon in­ter­view in an ar­ti­cle head­lined “Cit­i­zens have duty to aid po­lice,” which was pub­lished in the Jan. 18 edi­tion of The Com­pass. To set the record straight, I am a vol­un­teer mem­ber of our Lo­cal Ser­vice District com­mit­tee and NOT a com­mu­nity leader in Browns­dale.

I did NOT crit­i­cize the RCMP. As a mat­ter of fact, I have al­ways ad­mired and re­spected them. Theirs is a most dif­fi­cult and dan­ger- ous pro­fes­sion made up of very spe­cial and ded­i­cated men and women.

When asked about their pres­ence here in Browns­dale, I did say that there is none, ex­cept for the main high­way pa­trol. Com­mon sense tells us that due to the cost or lack of funds it is im­pos­si­ble to have a car sta­tioned in ev­ery com­mu­nity. There was a car sta­tioned at the town hall in Old Per­li­can for a while and we all felt a lot safer know­ing that in an emer­gency the re­sponse time would be within min­utes rather than the hour that it takes to get here from Har­bour Grace. It’s prob­a­bly no longer there be­cause of cost.

I DID say that a few years ago ev­ery­one was on their best be­hav­iour on Wed­nes­days, pa­trol day. I was sim­ply stat­ing a true fact. I was not com­plain­ing or crit­i­ciz­ing, I was sim­ply an­swer­ing truth­fully.

I am my ill hus­band’s main care­giver and cer­tainly do not have time, nor would I want to pa­trol the area and be re­spon­si­ble to re­port on any­one bend­ing the law. Mar­lene Clarke


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