No one comes to the Lake of The Ozarks to be hassled or harassed by overzealous local police officers. Locals do not live at the lake to be caught up in police nets meant to catch a few out-of-towners misbehaving. When there is a legitimate crime or a serious accident, we want the police to respond, and we want them to respond quickly. But these incessant roadblocks that tie up traffic, inconvenience a majority of folks on vacation and produce ill will among tourists/locals alike should stop. When the police inconvenience 135 motorists and net two DUI/DWI arrests, this is not pro-active police work but simply the misuse of time, money and manpower.


No one comes to the Lake of The Ozarks to be hassled or harassed by overzealous local police officers. Locals do not live at the lake to be caught up in police nets meant to catch a few out-of-towners misbehaving. When there is a legitimate crime or a serious accident, we want the police to respond, and we want them to respond quickly. But these incessant roadblocks that tie up traffic, inconvenience a majority of folks on vacation and produce ill will among tourists/locals alike should stop. When the police inconvenience 135 motorists and net two DUI/DWI arrests, this is not pro-active police work but simply the misuse of time, money and manpower.

When the Missouri State Water Patrol sits at “Party Cove” in force, abandoning the rest of the lake, it is not doing its job and the job it are performing at “Party Cove” is nothing more than, “Morality policing” run amuck. Even worse are the floating roadblocks set up on our lake by the incompetent people in charge. If the police or the water patrol sees an infraction of the law, by all means, do your jobs and apprehend those breaking the law. But to stop 50 or 100 boats is unnecessary and, more importantly, stupid policing of our lake.

To those in charge, I say, keep on spending money we don't have to pay officers overtime for a job that is unnecessary and very soon your police departments will lose the manpower to conduct the necessary work of protecting our communities. Keep harassing the tourists eating at our restaurants, visiting our bars, shopping at our stores, staying at our hotels and boating on our lake and you will over “police” yourselves right out of your own jobs.

Lake-area residents want our police to show up when we call for help, otherwise, leave us and the tourists alone.