Re: "Chief made cuts despite warning," Nov. 17.
The headline seems to imply that Police Chief Jamie Graham made a serious error in not heeding his own staff warning regarding the implications of cutting back the region's domestic violence unit.
Of course it would be Sgt. Jason Laid-man's job to point out the implications of such a decision. And it would be the chief's job to weigh those implications in a broader context and make a decision. It is also, presumably, children's representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's role to offer her opinions about the police department's priorities, and it would not be surprising if other advocates of various causes were to weigh in as well.
But if one is to understand Graham's dilemma and his decision, one has to compare the resources the police are given with what the department is expected to do. Even as a layman, it is clear to me there is a mismatch, and if finger-pointing is the game, then the finger might well point in the direction of City Hall.
It's important that citizens be provided facts and opinions but advocates of this and that, critics of all kinds and, indeed, journalists should know it is not enough to simply stand on the sidelines and carp about the priorities of the police and other servants of the public. Look instead to the trail leading back to the philosophies and priorities of the political leadership in our 13 municipalities. That's where our tax money is doled out.
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