The national media has been busy over the last few weeks advising what needs to be done to improve community police forces.
Some of the comments have been critical, others advisory, but few have been complimentary.
I find this strange since I view the police as being the safety net between the bad guys and myself. I shudder to think what our society would be like without a police service. We could say goodbye to the accepted safety of our homes, our possessions and the security of our lives.
There is not enough money in Fort Knox to attract me to be a police officer, who often face the threat of some gun-happy criminal or drunken driver.
Often, when required to resolve domestic violence, they put their lives on the line.
Both you and I can sleep in our beds tonight knowing we are protected by the police.
Rather than being critical of the police, we should express our appreciation that there are people who look after our safety, often without regard for their own.
I know that mistakes can happen and, as we have recently seen, do. I am not suggesting that consequences should not be applied in such cases, but I see no justification for destruction and looting.
Hilton Head Island