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9/11/2012 8:01:00 AM
Commentary: Police criticized but should be appreciated, too

Raquel Hendrickson
Bugle Managing Editor

Police officers catch a lot of flak. Sometimes it comes from hot-headed public ignorance, and sometimes it’s deserved. It seems the cops either are not doing their jobs or they are doing them too well, depending on where you stand in the crime spectrum.

Both the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, for instance, have been accused of all kinds of incompetence in the case of the late Jamie Treakle Montiel.

Emotions have been running high since Jamie disappeared after being released from the county detention center.

It only got worse when her father and not law enforcement found the truck everyone had been looking for. Who was doing what and how well will be determined when the facts come out and the case moves forward, but the backlash against the cops could certainly be foreseen.

So at this time of year, as we commemorate another anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, it is prudent to look at the big picture of what emergency personnel mean to a community. It’s a good time to express appreciation.

We have the names and faces of 400 firefighters and police officers who died in the World Trade Center.

They, like the rest of the 3,000 innocent people who lost their lives that day, are becoming a distant memory, but 9/11 commemorations allow us to remember true heroism.

The 72 police officers who died 11 years ago were mostly everyday folks doing their jobs.

That meant trying to get a handle on an inconceivable situation while everyone else was fleeing.

Police officers in every community are mostly everyday folks doing their jobs. It just that their jobs mostly put them in questionable situations with questionable people that most citizens steer clear of.

The cops are held to a higher standard of behavior, and when they fail to meet that standard they catch heat from everyone.

That should not take away the fact that their work is dangerously unpredictable. Their badges give them authority but also make them targets.

Cops will always be criticized but they should always be appreciated as well.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012
Article comment by: I'll have to agree with you, Babbit, on this one

Had that pickup been spotted with a kilo of marijuana in it, the CPD Hummves, (all 3 of them!) the SWAT team would had been called and the unmanned aerial and every police officer in a 60 mile radius would be activated. But since it was someone who disappeared that just had been released from jail it didn't matter? Will there be an investigation into the sheriff's dept handling of this case?

Jailed for not paying fines. A mother of 3, whose husband is in jail for assaulting her, then goes to jail because she can't afford to pay the fine and feed the kids. Jails should be called debtor's prison for the poor because that is what they have turned back into.

What is this country coming to? Where is the compassion and a sense of caring that is so critical of a society?

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Article comment by: lets think

Let's keep in mind that Jamie was in jail as part of her own doing, she was not there for the heck of it, also she chose to call this man who had assaulted her many times, she was not forced to call him or go with him. Bad choices all around have ended this young mothers life, not all the fault of the police. But, why wasn't he serving a long sentence for domestic assault numerous times? They gave him a free ticket to assault her one last time. YCSO and the court should be sued and sued.

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

When the Sheriff's office did there bungled raid on convenience stores for bath salts there were forty two officers involved. These people will literally muster a small guerilla force for one marijuana plant. Can somebody tell how many officers were involved in the search for Jamie Treakle, I'm assuming that it was less than forty two.
I'm not asking for Scott Mascher' resignation out of spite. I'm not asking for Scott Mascher' resignation because of ignorance. I'm asking for his resignation because he has a displaced seance of priorities. The lack of appropriate response is unacceptable to me.

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

Cultural problems require systemic solutions.

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: B S

Regardless of what the cops did or didn't do, It was judge Bluff that let Jamie's husband Joseph bond out on assault with a deadly weapon. if he wasn't granted bond, she'd still be alive today, and her kids would still have a mother!

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

Sheriff Scott Mascher should be writing this Commentary. He has no problem proselytizing his anti-drug message to the community but when we need him to tell us what happened, what his feelings are and what he intends to do about a tragedy he is silent!. Instead we have a proxy that draws a false comparison between Sheriff's and police and attempts to glom onto the glory of 911 first responders. Scott Mascher must resign. This Commentary is further proof that he and his are no good.

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

The most dangerous job in America is a clerk working the grave shift at 7-11. He doesn't double his yearly salary with over-time or get top notch health care or receive a pension package that is second to none or violate peoples civil rights because his job has gone to his head.

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