Reader questions law enforcement qualifications


September 7, 2012

Dear Editor,

I would like to know how a person could have 30 years law enforcement experience and never have been to the police academy? How is that person going to know what the laws are, how to investigate a crime and supervise other officers? I think the position of sheriff, who will be responsible for our entire county, should at least have been to the academy and have had real officer training. Just ask yourself this question, if you are a victim of a crime, who would you rather be on the case … a guy who has been security in a plant for almost 30 years and who sometimes plays a police officer or someone who was a real officer with academy training, state trooper experience and experience in the field of womens corrections, juvenile services and K-9? The answer is a simple one. I know who I would choose.

Angela Bailes

Point Pleasant, W.Va.

Editor’s note: A portion of Ms. Bailes’ letter was accidentally omitted when it ran in last Saturday’s publication. We regret the error and are reprinting it in its entirety. — S. Filson