Police should be thanked in good times and bad


by admin on January 13, 2010

The Editor,

An open letter to the MRC des Collines Police

I posted an article of condolence on the Ottawa Police site in response to the recent loss of one of its officers. It applies to my local police as well.

Too often, we mention police only when we’re pulled over or when things go wrong. For many of us, most of the time things go right. There are a variety of reasons for this, but one is that we have a police force to keep the ugly underbelly of our society away from us, or at least at a safe distance.

For this I am grateful. I am grateful that we have dedicated men and women who risk their lives to keep me safe; who investigate what’s going on next door, down the road, over that hill; who will give me directions when I’m thoroughly lost; who try day in and day out to make the right decisions with just a few snatches of information and too little time. I cannot tell you how grateful I am. I’m sorry that it takes the loss of an officer from another jurisdiction to bring it to fore so that I can express it to you.

I am also grateful to the ones who have paid the ultimate price in order to keep us in that level of safety.

It’s never easy to see one die. Sometimes it seems worse when one dies in the line of duty.

Craig Waugh