Dis­ap­point­ment at po­lice re­port

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

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.

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