To the Editor:
Talking on a cell phone while driving. Failure to stop at a stop sign. Driving in the rain with windshield wipers on but failure to turn on headlights. Three examples of conduct I have observed from police officers driving St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department vehicles over the past few months.
While these are minor traffic offenses, a regular driver could have been (and most likely WOULD have been) issued a ticket.
In a conversation a few months ago with the Undersheriff, he told me that “no one is perfect and sometimes our officers don’t follow all the rules.” Unacceptable. If you’re going to be a law enforcement officer you have to obey every law in the book in both your personal life and professional. No excuses.
Otherwise, you have no authority to enforce upon others the same law you have just broken. I don’t have a grudge against law enforcement, I just want to see personal responsibility from all who are sworn to serve and protect.