Pubdate: Fri, 14 Mar 2008
Source: Montgomery Advertiser (AL)
Copyright: 2008 The Advertiser Co.
Note: Letters from the newspaper's circulation area receive publishing priority
Author: Loretta Nall


In response to "Drug Raid Nets Arrests Across the County" (03/07) I 
found a number of things very disturbing.

In January, Sgt. Jim Henderson vice president of the Alabama 
Narcotics Officers Association began protesting the federal 
government cuts to his budget on the editorial pages of many Alabama 
newspapers. He claimed the cuts would make drug task forces ineffective.

When have they ever been effective? Every year the number of drug 
arrests and the amount of drugs seized rises. If the tactics employed 
by Sgt. Henderson and other drug warriors were working, then 
shouldn't those numbers be going down?

Should they be rewarded for repeated failure with more cash? Only in 
government does something as asinine as rewarding failure happen. In 
the private sector they would be unemployed.

This article seemed to imply that execution of warrants was delayed 
in order to create a big media scene. I guess the safety and 
well-being of the public is only important when there is a government 
welfare check involved and when there is a media camera nearby.

Doesn't sound to me like they did this in the interest of public 
safety, but more as a measure of job security. But then again the 
drug war itself is job security. It is meant to be waged and not won.

The cops have no real interest in ridding their communities of drugs. 
If they were successful, that welfare check would dry up and they 
would be out of a job.

Drug task forces are equivalent to people who abuse the welfare 
system. Instead of doing real police work on serious crimes like 
murder, rape, child sex assault, robbery and vehicle theft they focus 
on rounding up low-level, nonviolent drug users because it's easy. 
And they get a government welfare check for doing so.

The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center reports that crime 
clearance rates for 2005 were 19 percent. The drug warrior welfare 
cuts should be looked upon as a good thing.

Perhaps now police will get to work on solving real crimes.

Loretta Nall, Alexander City
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