Disappointment at police report
As a resident of Tokoroa for the last seven years I am deeply disappointed about the article Tok Police Under Fire (SWN 01/12/10).
How can one person who has an issue with the police capture the front page as well as half of the second page giving his personal opinions about the police? This is after the matter has been dealt with although not with the desired outcome of the complainant.
I have observed many great positive community events held here over the years yet they never get a mention in ‘‘our local paper’’. Yet one person can capture your attention take the front page and have a police bashing spree.
Shame on you South Waikato News.
I personally am grateful to the men and women of this town who put on the blue uniform, literally take their lives in their own hands and go and work in our community, keeping us safe and secure.
Instead of bashing our police we should be grateful for what they do and give them the recognition that they deserve. Remember they are just like us, ordinary family people and they can make mistakes as well.
I used to look forward to reading your newspaper every week and keeping up with the local news. If you continue with stories like this I will start to treat your newspaper like the junk mail I receive.
Florence Kerr I challenge you to go out on patrol one weekend, have a look at what the police have to deal with and write an article about that. Brian Hagger
Editor’s note: We do not dispute that the police in our district do a fine job.
However, that does not preclude them from coming under scrutiny when the Independent Police Conduct Authority finds mistakes were made in an investigation.
How can we learn from past mistakes if they are never discussed in an open forum. Unfortunately those mistakes cost one woman her reputation, her job and no doubt friends in the process.
As journalists, we know some stories will not be liked by some readers. But the independent voice of our paper will not be muzzled because some do not like a particular story.
We will continue to report on the issues that occur in our district, the good the bad and the ugly. We report on many positive occasions and achievements in our district too.
As for your challenge, we welcome any opportunity to work with police to better the community, whether it be by helping with an investigation or by spreading important safety messages.