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Police fitness story was absurd
I must confess I seldom read this newspaper, and the front-page article on police force fitness is one more justification as to your complete ineptness and me saving my dollars (“Police officers not held to fitness,” Dec. 7). If, in your infinite wisdom, you intend to rewrite police department policies and procedures, please know you must add Shelby County Dispatch to your task.
They will need a form to fill out when receiving a call from the citizenry. This form must ascertain as to whether the caller is calling to:
1. Report an accident.
2. Report a crime.
3. Report an emergency situation, i.e. animal loose, obstacle in the roadway.
If a crime, they will need to know type of crime, i.e. robbery, car jacking. If this is the case, then they will need to know if the caller wants the police officer that is dispatched is one who is capable of running two miles with a 40-pound sack of sand draped around their neck, fall to the ground and do 50 push ups, bench press 300 pounds or one who can perform one or more of those tasks partially.
Maybe a police officer who has graduated from the Criminal Justice Academy at Eastern Kentucky University or one of the police academies operated by Jefferson or Fayette County have received proper policing procedures training with a minimal of physical training.
While the central dispatch operator is filling out the forms they will need to be trained in, recognizing the intensity of the moans and groans being emitted by the crime victim should the victim be assaulted while the form is being initiated.
While reading this letter, you are thinking this writer has gone to the absurd point and is being ridicules. You are correct in both conjectures because I am sitting beside you. We both are bordering on lunacy. Simply put, you have been viewing too many television crime shows.
Officers should be fit
In regard to the article about the police and sheriff’s officers (“Police officers not held to fitness,” Dec. 7): What a shame! Everyone should feel violated.
To think that after graduating from the academy they aren’t held responsible for staying fit. How many of the police and sheriff’s officers – and leaders – are in good enough shape to run – even a little – that is except the new recruits? This is something the leaders of both departments admit to. Sounds like bragging to me! Should this make us feel safer?
Looking at the officer’s picture, he could not have gotten up if a 5-year-old was sitting on him. The only thing the officers are required to be able to do is shoot, and apparently that’s what happened in case of 18-year-old Trey F. Williams.
A properly trained and conditioned officer would have been able to overcome an attacker. Instead they did the only thing that they are required to know how to do – shoot! What if our military was as unfit as our officers? Instead they have to stay conditioned and in constant training. How safe would America be?
To think that taxpayers are paying for each officer to have a membership to FAC, and they won’t use it. But then why should they? Their leaders don’t use it either! You may not see their cars at the FAC, but you’ll sure see many of them at McDonald’s or other fast-food restaurants – probably even at the new donut shop.
It’s hard to have respect for someone who admits to being unfit for their jobs – from top down. If only taxpayers could elect our officers.
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