Nice letter to kick off the week honoring the men and women who choose to train and serve as police officers. This must certainly include the Victoria County Sheriff’s Department that escorts those mentally ill to other cities because we have no services, those who fill in for Animal Control because their services are limited, who are called out to tragic motor vehicle accidents in the middle of the night, and the many others. By the way, the answer to the questions posed at the beginning of the letter could, and maybe should be, a licensed social worker. Many police departments hire social workers to deal with the ever- present social and psychiatric issues being handed off to police departments today. There is a lot to be said for the right training for a job. Police officers are professionally trained to deal with criminal elements, and that training can run counter to the needs of persons caught up in psychosocial emergencies, such as domestic violence, mental illness and school misbehavior. Degreed social workers work in conjunction with officers, allowing them to return to answering other calls.

Enjoy the week dedicated to recognizing your great service to this community.

Pat Tally

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