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Growing up in Fresno, the professionalism, warmth & humor of the members of Fresno P.D. inspired me to pursue a career in law enforcement. As we teens drug the "Main" on weekends, crowded into parking places around the drive-ins and engaged in all the usual aggravating antics teens manage to dream up, to the disgust of their seniors, the members of Fresno P.D. were always present to put the lid on with a firm, but fair hand.
Last week police memorial week was observed. The violent murder of officers is already up 89% over last year. With a heavy heart; I salute Sgt. Mosqueda & all my fellow officers, past, present and future, who've made the supreme sacrifice.
Abiding respect remains for those who continue to serve under the arduous climate which prevails on the streets of America today.
IMHO: We do not need better training to produce better police officers. Rather, we need to produce a better, more responsible citizenry. We need, as voters, to eliminate the demagogs and race baiters from our public offices. We need to hold those who physically resist police officers strictly accountable, along with all who engage in misconduct at the scene of an emergency.
Only then will our law enforcement community work in a safer environment. Only then will they only have to contend with the dangers of the extremely violent, and not fear being stabbed in the back by those for whom they go into harms way on a daily basis.
George Dean, Lt. CFPD( Ret)
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
May 18, 2015