Brownsdale resident clarifies comments about RCMP
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