Police enforce the law here in a fair and professional way, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Police here show professionalism

We should balance criticisms of police with praise as warranted, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: March for Black Lives shows solidarity for a second-straight week in Nanaimo, June 17.

The anti-racism protests seen worldwide, including Nanaimo, have prompted me to examine my own motivations and beliefs. Human behaviour can change when unwanted actions are called out and condemned, but importantly, behaviour also changes when desirable actions are recognized and rewarded. While it’s true police are paid to do their job without prejudice, they still deserve our appreciation. Police do dangerous work, yet most of the time they enforce the law in a fair and professional way. Police are human beings, if we really want to change them for the better, then condemn the bad behaviour, but please remember the golden rule and praise them as well.

Andrew Barker, Nanaimo

READ ALSO: When protesters cry ‘defund the police,’ what does it mean?

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To the editor,

In light of a lot of difficulties and problems the RCMP are dealing with these days, we had to let the readers know of how we appreciated the compassionate and very helpful attention we received recently from two officers of the Nanaimo detachment. They really did make a very difficult situation more bearable. Their professionalism and excellent training helped us immensely.

With such extremely diverse calls to make, dealing with so many greatly different situations, they deserve recognition and our appreciation.

R. & G. Timmins, Nanaimo

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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