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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 22

IT’S A TOUGH JOB

Re “Bad apples give T.O. cops black eye” (Chris Doucette, Jan. 19): As the daughter of a hard-working Toronto copper, I heard many “goofing around on the job” stories over my lifetime. I can assure you the recent ‘behaving badly’ events don’t even scratch the surface of the shenanigans that happen on the force. But let me tell you this, when I was growing up, I rarely saw my dad, he was working crazy amounts of overtime and witnessing some of the most depressing and brutal crimes you could imagine on the streets of Toronto. I can tell you he was not the only officer who struggled to put bloody images out of his mind at the end of the day and find release. While I don’t encourage this behaviour, I do know that our officers have one of the hardest jobs in the country. I support our hard-working officers and I hope these events do not undermine the dangerous and valuable work they do in our community everyday.

Michelle Saunders

Toronto

(The work our officers do will not be diminished by the irresponsible behaviour of a few)

OVERWORKED?

Re “Bad apples give T.O. cops black eye” (Chris Doucette, Jan. 19): Is there something in the GTA water? How can one be so irresponsible while working in uniform representing the Toronto Police Service and on taxpayers’ dime? Have the hiring standards of the Toronto Police been lowered to the point that if you are breathing and walking you are hired? These goons should never have been hired in the first place! How can the City of Toronto and the citizens take the police service seriously when it claims that the uniformed members are overworked and the force is understaffed? My husband worked for Metropolitan Toronto Police for 25 proud years. With the last three incidents of irresponsible police behaviour, these police officers (using the term loosely) should be fired! In the last incident of doing doughnuts in a parking lot, these officers should reimburse the city for the cost of the vehicle and lose their jobs! TPS is becoming a joke because of these goons. Yes, there are goons in every profession, but in this case, this profession is paid by taxpayers and very visible to the public and media. To all the hard-working and proud members of TPS, be safe.

Mary Clarke

Marmora and Lake, Ont.

(They should be held accountable)

ROYAL PRIVILEGE  

Re “Philip crash fallout” (Brad Hunter, Jan. 19): I’m not sure based on reading your article about Prince Philip’s auto accident whether he was at fault. Note to Queen: Unless this accident was Philip’s fault, do not take his licence away. Older people thrive on the independence and solitude driving an automobile offers them. Remove that privilege and you end up with a catatonic bedridden wet noodle and you certainly don’t want to lose him that way either.

Casimir Galas

Toronto

(He’s 97. Enough said)

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