MONROE, Conn. -- The Monroe Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editors up to 350 words. To submit your letter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the editor:
A recent series of tragic events culminating with the murder of five police officers and wounding of seven other officers and two civilians in Dallas, Texas, July 7, has shook this nation.
Most police officers around the country have been affected in some way by these incidents and loss of life. The police profession has become extremely difficult over the years with the expectation that police officers are experts in everything and can effectively resolve every problem in our present society.
At the same time, police authority is frequently challenged and police actions criticized. Officers are often disrespected by those same individuals who demand respect and courtesy while engaging in confrontational behavior with police.
Yet, the overwhelming majority of officers continue to serve professionally and serve their communities with the same empathy, ethics and values they swore to when they joined their departments.
We’ve always felt we’ve had the support of the community in the past and that has been reinforced this past week.
Since last Friday, many local residents and businesses have demonstrated their support of the Monroe Police Department by delivering to headquarters gallons of coffee, baked goods and assorted snacks with very kind notes of encouragement for our personnel.
We appreciate this recognition of our efforts for the improvement of the quality of life in Monroe and we pledge to continue to serve with pride and dedication.
On behalf of my officers, I personally would like to extend my gratitude to the community of Monroe for your continued support of the men and women of this department and our efforts.
John Salvatore, Chief of Police