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Northwest Salmon

 

Dirty Harry versus Andy Taylor



Dear Editor:
I read the article about Trooper Tedder with interest. I disagree that all law officers are thought of as bad guys for doing their job. Maybe it’s just him and his way of doing his job.
I also was a law officer. From 1983-96 I was a policeman – two years in Webster and the rest in Waubay. I never felt hated and still don’t. In fact, I do business (meat processing) with individuals I issued tickets to in the past. If you do it right, nobody hates you. I figured out early I could either be “Dirty Harry” and come out blasting or I could be Sheriff Andy Taylor and use a more diplomatic approach. tickets do not need to be written in every case.
I don’t know about the guy with the combine, but I grew up on a farm. Farmers don’t work shifts, sometimes the sun goes down before they are done. If the trooper was so worried about safety, why didn’t he escort the farmer home instead of chasing him down to give him a ticket? Sheriff Taylor would have.
I experienced Trooper Tedder about four years ago in Waubay. I was driving between my meat locker and meat store at around 7:30 a.m., with no one else on the street. I was thinking about my work and going 35 in a 25 zone. Remember, no one else on the street – no hazard of any kind. Also, my seat belt wasn’t on. Trooper Tedder swung onto the street from Hwy. 12 and got me with radar. He wrote me two tickets: one for speeding and one for the seat belt.
I surely would have cut breaks for anyone going to work, unless they were creating a hazard. Not Trooper Tedder! He operates like a ticket-writing robot.
While I am certainly not above the law, I don’t expect to be arrested for minor things in daytime. nighttime is when you need to get more aggressive. That is when troublemakers who rested all day come out to play.
As far as being a law officer, you get back what you give.
Kim Jorgenson,
Waubay

 

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