POLICE Magazine

SEP 2018

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PoliceMag.com 109 my police vehicle behind the stopped vehicle and angle the front of my vehicle toward the road shoulder so I could safely exit my vehicle. It worked for me. I was in the traffic division 11 years running radar. It was a target-rich environment, but I stayed safe. I was never in a shootout, but then I never gave anyone a winning advantage to start with. Chick Nezas Retired Sergeant Manchester (CT) Police Department HYPOCRISY IN CONGRESS? I read Jon Adler's August column "Hypoc- risy in Congress," and I have to disagree with his assertion that an FBI agent's so- called explicit bias in expressing his dis- like for a political candidate made him incapable of conducting a thorough in- vestigation on another person without let- ting his opinion affect his job. By his hypothesis, the vast majority of law enforcement officers would not be able to remain unbiased and thereby not be able to conduct an objective unbiased investigation. It is no secret that most law enforcement officers have made state- ments to other law enforcement officers or on social media of their dislike for gang members, child molesters, and other criminals. e reality in most cases is we all have certain opinions about certain groups and types of people, but if we are profes- sionals, our personal feelings never enter into our performance and we conduct ourselves as professionals at all times. Jim Drabos Retired Police Officer KEEP OFFICERS FROM BEING STRUCK BY VEHICLES I am a retired police sergeant from the Manchester (CT) Police Depart- ment. I couldn't agree more with Doug Wyllie's August guest editorial "Prevent- ing Struck-by-Vehicle Duty Deaths." In Connecticut where I served, more police officers were run over and killed statewide than shot during my 26 years on the job. Television and movie cops can ap- proach vehicles and chance a gunfight while standing in the traffic lane and sur- vive depending on the writer's script. But it's an unnecessarily dangerous tactic in reality. How many times have we seen police in real shootouts from dash- cams where the officer is standing in the traffic lane? Too many. at's why I approached on the passen- ger's side. But to start with I would park Feedback TO OUR READERS SEND POLICE YOUR COMMENTS: We want to hear your comments about POLICE and what's going on in law enforcement. Send your letters in any of the following ways. E-mail: Melanie.Basich@PoliceMag.com Fax: 310-533-2507 Mail: POLICE Magazine Attn: Letters to the Editor 3520 Challenger Street Torrance, CA 90503 Online: PoliceMag.com

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