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We shouldn’t degrade Roswell police

June 21, 2017 • Dear Editor

Wednesday’s letter from Flo Wells about the Roswell Police Department’s use of military equipment seems a little misdirected. The equipment used by our Police Department should, and I believe currently does, reflect their current needs in today’s society. Whether we like it or not, we live in a society where our values are being challenged from all sides.
Students in our schools are not taught to respect their teachers and the rules, criminals have become increasingly more violent and have begun to use military-style weapons. Extremists from many groups are targeting every area of our society in efforts to change our society.
I’d love to live in a world where our policemen and women didn’t need to carry any firearms. I’d love to live in a world where every citizen respected everyone else, no matter their job, color or ethnicity.
Ms. Wells, I believe that rather than degrade our Police Department for its using of military equipment, we can eliminate their need for such equipment by demanding our fellow citizens to follow the law, respect and care for one another and assist anyone who needs help. Believe me, there isn’t an officer in the RPD who looks forward to having to use deadly force in any situation.
Don Determan
Roswell

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