Letters to the Editor

Matter of relations

I know our Auburn police work very hard and try very hard to serve the public. And some of the newer officers have great public relation skills. But some of the older and higher-ranking officers have the old-time “us (police) and them (Joe public) attitude.”

I have witnessed this firsthand. Before we bought a house, I lived in an apartment complex that had frequent police visits. Some of us tenants tried to be helpful in cleaning up crime around there, but the higher-ranking police were not helpful at all.

Actually, the “police blotter” reports remind me of the kind of answers these officers would give us tenants when we tried to work with them. So I find the police blotter to be both humorous and an accurate portrayal of some Auburn police officers’ attitude toward citizens who try to help them fight crime.

For me, the police blotter is informative as well as humorous because it alerts me to where there have been break-ins and things I need to be aware of close to my home.

Here in north Auburn at some local parks it is obvious to most of us homeowners that the drug problems in these parks are on the increase. It is also obvious to me that Auburn police are trying to contain it and I, for one, hope they win this fight against drugs in our parks.

They have my full appreciation and support. But I think some of the older officers need to work on their public relation skills.

All in all, I say, “Good work all the way around Auburn Reporter and Auburn Police Department for your service to our community, even if you are not always perfect. Thank you.”

– Mary Allen

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