I am proud to be a volunteer for the Durango Police Department as I personally see how daily challenges are met with respect to the situations, along with speculative criticism by a few residents.
I took personal offense to the letter titled “Residents have right to personal privacy,” (Herald, June 8). It is a reaction to being questioned by a DPD officer during the writer’s “personal privacy” walk home. If there was a call about vehicle break-ins and he happened to be in the general area and was stopped and questioned, it shouldn’t have been a big deal because he had nothing to hide. Perhaps at that particular time, he may have fit the description of the possible suspect. Officers are trained to not only protect the public but also themselves.
Maybe he could educate himself about the operations of the DPD by signing up for its annual Citizens Police Academy. It is offered free of charge to all residents of Durango and is available around March or April by simply filling out an application. It provides you with extensive information about the inner workings of the DPD and the legal system.
The writer should look at the encounter as a learning experience and try not to be so sensitive about his personal privacy while walking openly in the streets of Durango. Would he feel differently if it was his car that had been broken into? DPD officers are servants of our community and deserve respect for doing an outstanding job preserving our safety.
No matter what job you may hold, especially dealing with the public, there will always be complaints from people. The key is to take a long hard look at what you, as a resident, are really upset about, and, in the long run, is it that big of a deal and so traumatic in the big scheme of daily living?