dis­play of force

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

Joshua Ostroff de­scribed ex­cesses in the ac­tions of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers in his ar­ti­cle on po­lice as­so­ci­a­tions and their ef­forts to pro­tect their mem­bers (“Mis­sion Creep,” July/au­gust). But his story did not ad­dress the rea­sons for these ac­tions. The po­lice are ex­pected to main­tain law and or­der. They deal with crime on a daily ba­sis and un­der­stand the de­mo­graph­ics of po­ten­tial of­fend­ers. An ar­ti­cle doc­u­ment­ing the prob­lems fac­ing our front-line en­force­ment peo­ple would pro­vide a more thought­ful re­view of the law en­force­ment en­vi­ron­ment. Mur­ray Mac­don­ald Lan­g­ley, BC It may ap­pear as though the Toronto Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion cares more about its of­fi­cers than about how well the city is po­liced, but that’s what the or­ga­ni­za­tion is for. A po­lice as­so­ci­a­tion pro­tects its work­ers. Its role is sim­i­lar to that of the Cana­dian Teach­ers Fed­er­a­tion, which pro­tects teach­ers, or the Cana­dian Union of Pub­lic Em­ploy­ees. Robert Peel, con­sid­ered the fa­ther of mod­ern polic­ing, fore­saw that po­lice could only func­tion with pub­lic sup­port. Ar­ti­cles like “Mis­sion Creep” tend to re­duce that sup­port. Tony Carr Dun­das, ON

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