Writer urges full support of sheriff

Posted 8/5/17

To The Editor:

The people of Bradley County need to support their sheriff. He does not have an easy job, particularly when everything he does is scrutinized and criticized.

My wife and I spent …

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Writer urges full support of sheriff

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To The Editor:

The people of Bradley County need to support their sheriff. He does not have an easy job, particularly when everything he does is scrutinized and criticized.

My wife and I spent several years in law enforcement. She [was] with the FBI working undercover in drug enforcement, and I as chief of plans and policies for the sheriff of Polk County, Fla.

We have firsthand knowledge of the rigor, anxiety, sleeplessness and danger associated with being sheriff.

The job is tough enough without witch hunts conducted by the press and some public officials.

It seems to me that the measure of the sheriff’s performance should be found in crime statistics, crime clearance rates, public service and esprit de corps, not in who writes bail bonds or who crosses a state line in hot pursuit.

— Richard W. Hughes

Cleveland

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