Policing

Regarding Jerry Reitman’s letter May 14 complaining about the RCMP wages, I will not go into detail listing the myriad of tasks performed by members in their daily/nightly shifts.

However, it’s not an exaggeration to say they have very demanding jobs and they put their lives on the line each time they put on their uniforms. Policing is a thankless career that most people would/should not consider. Mr. Reitman, in a rather critical tone, first condemns RCMP officers their hard earned salary, then he sarcastically asks, “Where do I sign up?”

To answer his question, he could start with the RCMP website at www.rcmp.gc.ca. He could also go to the local detachment or he could just ask a member the next time he sees one. I would encourage Mr. Reitman to keep his job, though. If he has to ask where to sign up, his investigative skills seem to be lacking.

I would not want the job of a police officer, but I am grateful for those that do and I don’t begrudge them the money they make.

Everything in our lives is a reflection of the choices we make. If Mr. Reitman is serious when he asks, “Where do I sign up?” and it isn’t simply resentment that fuels his comments, I wish him all of the best.

Ray Norstrom

Vernon