Elsner had impressive approach to policing

Re: “Mayor can’t hide behind lawyers’ advice,” “No excuses for mayor’s behaviour,” letters, Oct. 7.

I don’t know former Victoria police chief Frank Elsner, nor for that matter Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. But shortly after Elsner became chief, I had the chance to ask him about his approach to policing.

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As a former municipal police-board chairman, I was impressed with his detailed reply and his community approach to policing. I can see why Helps and Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins would not be quick to jump to conclusions when a question was raised about his behaviour.

The current campaign of smears against these mayors on this topic makes me question those perpetrating it.

Gerald Rotering

Victoria

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