Claremore Daily Progress

Letters to the Editor

September 22, 2010

Sheriff’s Department deserves more funds, but community should help out

CLAREMORE — Dear Editor,

I have read the recent articles about the Rogers County Sheriff’s Department and the funding problems with interest.   

As I literally owe my life to the Officers at the Sheriff’s Department, I confess to bias.  I agree we need more funding.  But I also see another side that maybe our community is not thinking of - the idea of Community Responsibility.  

A quick scan of OSCN.net, in the first ten days of August show 11 protective orders filed, 200 traffic-related court cases, 24 felony-related court cases.  This doesn’t count all the calls that don’t result in court cases, the work transporting prisoners, standing guard in court to protect staff and victims, etc. What exactly do we expect of them? 

 We need our Officers for traffic accidents, emergencies, patrols of our many rural areas.  What we SHOULDN’T need them for is managing our teenagers’ activities, traffic stops that take time and resources that could be avoided by someone taking a little more time, bar fights, domestic calls caused by drug or alcohol use, etc.  I think you see my point. Claremore is a good community, I have made my home here, literally risked my life to stay here.

We have good people.  Let’s help our public service people by helping ourselves, by looking out for each other. Volunteer at SafeNet, report drug activity in your community and schools. 

Know where your kids are and who they are with, don’t drink and drive, leave work on time so you don’t have to speed, support local businesses.  These men and women work hard for us. 

Thank them if you see them, and hope you never need them.

Amy Rhoades

Claremore 

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