In reply to the Thursday letter, “Catching thieves must be first priority”, I feel that the readership of Snohomish County deserves a little dose of reality to go along with it.
First of all, note that the writer did count eight patrol vehicles from three different agencies. That could have been the first clue that there was probably an inter-agency enforcement happening that day.
What’s more interesting is that someone would rather take the time to write a long-winded and uneducated rant to The Herald than simply pick up the phone and call the police department to ask why had that been done. If he had, the following would have been learned:
No officers were taken off their “beat” for that special speed enforcement that happened. Most of those officers/deputies were volunteering on their day off to be out on the road working a special speed enforcement detail. Agencies organize these things from time to time – along with graffiti details, stolen car details, car prowl details, etc. All done by officers working on their days/nights off – all in the name of providing extra service to the community and higher visibility.
And the next time one of those “working class” folks that the police are harassing runs down someone’s loved-one trying to cross 84th Avenue in a golf cart, think about that.