2002-01-26 / Letters

Respect The NYPD Officers

Respect The NYPD Officers

Dear Editor;

Please publish this response to reader L. Kelly who wrote in Re:
Dog Fines- Smart or Stupid (1-19-02). First of all L. Kelly, I believe the people of Rockaway do not worry about P.O. Courtney issuing tickets. The only people who should worry about Officer Courtney are criminals and the people who park illegally.

P.O. Courtney does this community a service by enforcing the parking laws. Imagine what this community would be like if everyone were allowed to park as they pleased. Imagine trying to get out of your driveway on a hot summer day when someone visiting the beach blocked it. Imagine being an elderly person having to step into the street to board a bus because cars were illegally parked in a bus-stop. I am grateful that the police enforce the parking laws in this community.

Secondly, you complain about Officer Pues and her "girls" issuing summonses to dog owners on Shore Front Parkway. How about showing a little respect to the people you refer to as "girls". They are New York City Police Officers and should be referred to as Police Officers, not girls, but Police Officers who protect you and me every day.

You say that you are worried about being "harassed" by the police for walking your dog. Just follow the laws by keeping your dog on a leash and cleaning up after it and then you wont have to worry about being "harassed". Again, I am glad the police are enforcing the law. I am sick and tired of stepping in you know what when I walk down the street. Maybe you are not glad that the Police Officers from the 100th Precinct enforce the law, but I am, as I am sure most of this community is. They must enforce all of the laws, including the ones that you don't like. It's time that people like you stopped bashing the
police for doing their job. Instead, you should be thanking them for
protecting the public and putting their lives on the line everyday that they go on patrol. God Bless the members of the 100th Precinct and the N.Y.P.D.

JAMES CARMICHAEL


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