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I am writing in response to the Letter to the Editor written by Misty Johnson, that was published in the July 15th edition of the Douglas County Herald.
Many times things are published, repeated and taken out of context without the other side being given the opportunity to explain the situation.
I wanted to inform everyone, that I called and spoke with Mrs. Johnson and explained the actions taken by my deputy. The deputy was working a case and was waiting on a potential witness/suspect on a case.
I spoke with the deputy and he stated the young man came up to him and asked for jumper cables and the deputy advised him he did not have any and should check inside the store. The deputy did not find it appropriate to carry on a conversation with the young man, while awaiting the arrival of a witness/suspect.
The deputy did admit he was somewhat short with the young man because he did not want to place him in any potential harm.
Yes, the deputy did leave without red lights and sirens, but he did leave and subsequently recover a methamphetamine lab. Not every call we respond to warrants the operation of emergency lights and siren, however it does not mean the call is not important and needs to be responded to immediately.
The deputy further explained that had this been in the remote areas of the county, he would have contacted someone else to come and take care of the problem. The deputy felt that due to the location being in town, that the young man had contacted someone to come and assist them.
The deputies at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office do stop and assist stranded motorists on numerous occasions as well as being called out in the middle of the night when an officer is not available from the Patrol to assist.
I myself have been called out at three and four o’clock in the morning to assist stranded motorists.
I apologized to Mrs. Johnson and explained the situation to her and she stated she completely understood. Many times, deputies may be working a case or talking with a suspect or witness and they may not engage in a lengthy conversation or may even appear short at times when approached by people. Many times we are talking and dealing with people that could potentially pose a threat to someone approaching the situation. We as Officers must take appropriate actions to ensure the safety of everyone.
I would like to thank Mrs. Johnson for allowing me the opportunity to explain the situation to her and I assured her I understood her complaint, as my deputy did not deny being short with the young man, however, it was for his own safety.
If anyone should have a complaint or concern with an employee of my Department, you are welcome to contact me at 683-1020.
Sheriff Chris Degase