I am puzzled by the Union-Bulletin’s treatment of the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office and its leaders.
What other department in Walla Walla County has done the following:
- Established an independent citizen-led group that has raised over $30,000 to fund a program the county can’t or won’t? Recently one of the K9s was used to cause a hiding alleged car thief to quickly come out of hiding and give up (union-bulletin.com/news/2013/jun/24/three-arrested-after-friday-car-chase or bit.ly/13s0H9l).
- Doubled the number of volunteers and improved the training so that they are recognized and the best (Search and Rescue) unit in the State?
- Regularly scheduled quarterly open meetings with the communities in the County to provide a department update and listen to citizen concerns.
- Upgraded service so that there is 24/7 — coverage.
- Upgraded staff training so that there is regular scheduled professional training.
- Upgraded staff equipment:
- New safe uniforms.
- New handguns and rifles (same model and caliber).
- Ballistic helmets.
These and other accomplishments are rather remarkable to this citizen, especially in view of the economy. What I do not understand is the negative press presented on the department and its leaders given the above positive accomplishments.
Is it that mud sells papers?