This letter is a little late, but it is in regards to all the bad publicity the officers of the law in this community are receiving. I was going to include an officer's oath in this, so we all could see what it was they are actually sworn to do, but unfortunately, I couldn't find one. (I'm wondering now if one actually exists.)


This letter is a little late, but it is in regards to all the bad publicity the officers of the law in this community are receiving. I was going to include an officer's oath in this, so we all could see what it was they are actually sworn to do, but unfortunately, I couldn't find one. (I'm wondering now if one actually exists.)
I am not saying that these officers can't have a social life or have a couple of drinks out with friends, but is it impossible for them to have a social life with someone over the age of 18 or call a designated driver?
We have all seen "normal" people in the same predicament. I think when you put on that badge and take that oath (whatever it might say), you are beyond a "normal" person. I don't know if it is in any of the oaths that the local departments take, but I think that there should be something in there about being a role model for their communities, being people who kids look up to (that probably has not been the norm for some time now) and being someone that helps the community, not someone who hinders the good image of that local department. The departments are supposed to be there to protect the communities and to serve their constituents. Most of the departments around the lake area are more of a joke than anything to locals and tourists, alike.
I know in most jobs, people are supposed to act according to their companies' policies on behavior and such. Just recently, there was a woman fired for speaking her mind, but also stating she was with a non-profit organization that, apparently, has a difference of opinion. I'm not saying what she did or didn't do what right or wrong — that's not my place to judge — but if she can be fired for just voicing her personal opinion while representing her company...
I know several officers have been in the paper for getting DWI's, etc., while off the clock. But when you have lived in this area for any amount of time, you know who these people are. You know what they do for a living, and when they act inappropriately for all to see, there should be repercussions.
In the instance of the Osage Beach officer, supposedly, some of the sexual offenses he is being charged with happened while he was on duty. Did he actually believe that no one would find out, or care, because he was a cop?
This is not just for the officers, this is for people in general. Stand up for your morals (if you have any left). If you have done something wrong, and it can be excused, apologize. If it is inexcusable, take the punishment and know that just a little more of the faith people still have in our police has dimmed.
Billie Looney, Camdenton