A road of unreliability
To the Editor:
This is in response to letter to the editor on Nov. 17 by Candice Casey.
On Nov. 8, Ms. Casey courageously spoke up about her experience of non-responsive police regarding a home invasion. I fully understand. In 2009, I (disabled) and my teen had experienced two attempted home invasions within eight days, as did my neighbor. On my first home invasion, her house was burglarized and had property damage.
Police were called both times and we had no shows. I do down to Rumford and give the evidence I collected and filed a report two a half days later. I verbally complained that no one showed and they still needed to get up to my neighbor's for her report. My second home invasion attempted was a no show by Rumford as well.
If you haven't gone through it, let me share what I sent through, knowing I couldn't count on police protection. First, you figure out what time frames criminals are committing these crimes. You pay attention to every noise around your house because it could be the perpetrators returning.
You have an escape plan for you and your child and lastly what will you use here if they break in. For over a year, I didn't sleep at night because the safety of my family comes first. Not once do I think about calling 911 because I've already been down that road of unreliability.
The next problem above non-responsive police is no independent internal affairs department, these officers have to answer to and they know it. Dereliction of duty is not uncommon, even though they took an oath upon hire. There is no checks and balances here and should be.
As an experienced individual in this area and education in law and have had my own experiences as a victim, I know this is an inexcusable outrage. Such a lack of respect for victims and concern for public safety.
We don't work for them. They work for us and they forget that. I and a neighbor brought over grievances to higher officials verbally and in writing but it's not enough. Otherwise, Ms. Casey would not have experience as a victim of a potential serious dangerous crime.
Other crimes will occur and this will just happen again and again. We, as a community, can get together and demand for change. We can bring our experiences, concerns and the need for internal affairs to our state representatives and our state senators. I've already taken that route to a representative.
I am only one person. The community needs you to share with our representatives and senators your experiences, concerns, police problems and lack of internal affairs they have to answer to.
We can share, complain to friends and family. Even write to make the community aware but has it helped? Has it brought change? Not yet.
We, together, can go higher and press the issue till we can get something in place. Call your state representative and/or senators today!