Praise for police

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I WRITE in response to the letter by Chris Servante ( Herald, Thursday January 6).

With regard to your letter concerning “Police propaganda” and breath specimens, I wish to point out to Mr Servante that while I agree that the police do stop and take breath specimens from a large number of people, I have absolutely no problem with being stopped for any number of times by the police.

There is no humiliation, unless of course you are likely to be caught over the limit.

The uniformed officers who conduct such tests are simply performing their lawful duty.

The main aim of a police officer’s duty is “to protect and preserve life”.

Once any person is in charge of a motor vehicle and is intoxicated such that he cannot safely drive, then he is no different to the criminal who walks the streets carrying a weapon.

It is so often not the intoxicated driver that is killed or injured in road traffic accidents, but innocent members of the public.

This in turn leads the police to perform what for most of them is the worst type of duty – breaking the news of the death of a family member to their next of kin.

I welcome the sight of members of the public being checked for intoxication whilst driving or being advised for not wearing a seat belt or using a mobile phone whilst driving.

I also wish to point out to Mr Servantes that while a uniform police officer is taking a breath specimen, a number of other specially-trained officers are constantly at work investigating the numerous crimes he mentioned.

They work in the Criminal Investigation Department and often call upon other officers to assist when needed.

At least we can all be reassured by the police carrying out their lawful duties.

Chris Brown (Mrs)

Greentrees Crescent

Sompting