I would like to respond to Alice C. Stiles’ response about sheriff’s vehicles that appeared in the June 24 paper.
I do agree with Ms. Stiles that police vehicles are a reassuring sight in driveways, and, yes, many people are far from law and order in this county. What you are also saying is that a police presence, such as a police vehicle in a driveway, is a deterrent to crime. With that being said, the criminal would just go to another area in this county to commit his or her crime where there are no police vehicles.
The amount of people who benefit from this “luxury” of having a police vehicle parked in their driveway or a neighbor’s driveway only amounts to a few and still doesn’t justify the cost of sheriff’s deputies using police vehicles to and from their homes. Also, many sheriff deputies live in remote and isolated areas, or park their vehicles so that they cannot be seen, thereby not justifying the cost or the effects as you describe.
If you were to receive a separate bill for this unnecessary expense by the Sheriff’s Department where you can actually see the dollar figure instead of it being incorporated on your property tax bill, I’m sure opinions might change.
The money saved by not having sheriff’s deputies use police vehicles to and from work, combined with purchasing less-expensive police vehicles, could go toward hiring more sheriff’s deputies and vehicles, therefore creating more of a police presence throughout the entire county through regular patrols. Then everyone would benefit, not just the few who live next to or with a sheriff deputy.
Michael J. Stavola