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The timing of your article bashing police officers (“The Insider’s Guide to Real Policing,” 8/16) was in very poor taste, considering the in-the-line-of-duty death of the U.S. Park Police officer.

As a police officer, I take great pride in wearing my badge and uniform. I love my job. We protect and serve this great city and country with pride and integrity. We put our lives on the line 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to keep people like Jason Cherkis safe.

At times, this is a thankless job, and people don’t like us. So articles such as this one do not help our cause. We have to make tough choices and split-second decisions that may determine serious injury or even death.

For starters, the article stated that the training we receive is minimal. Have you really done your research? Obviously not! Some training academies are as long as 38 to 52 weeks, and then you may spend up to another year in field training.

The next order of business would be this cruiser overkill you talk about. For your information, this is called back-up, and you have to have back-up because officer safety is paramount.

I have no responses to the 7-Eleven, “Club Cops,” and sick-leave statements, because these comments are just ridiculous.

This “beat-down” you discuss—where did you get your information? I thought this was 2002, not the ’60s or ’70s. What a cowardly and disgusting thing to print—that the “beat-down” makes an officer feel good! The act of using force on a suspect is something no officer wants to engage in, but that is what we are trained to do—to protect ourselves, fellow officers, the victim, and/or innocent bystanders. This portrayal makes me sick. We are out there protecting the citizens—and that includes Cherkis and his property.

These “jump-out” teams you speak of are getting dangerous criminals off the streets, keeping dealers from selling drugs to children, keeping rapists from committing horrible acts against our citizens, and keeping robbers off our streets.

Your article also speaks of the city’s rank in homicide and robbery rates. Do you think the court system may play a role in this problem? Maybe you should do some research on this angle. Look into deal-making by the assistant district attorney and/or U.S. attorney. Maybe you can explain to me why a cop-killer gets released on his own

recognizance with no bail? Is that comforting and acceptable to you?

No career field is without problems or “bad apples,” but the media seem to focus on the police officers who may be “bad apples.” You never publish articles as big as this so-called story on the positive things police officers are engaged in, such as an officer who pulled an individual from a badly wrecked vehicle, an officer who apprehended a suspect who had kidnapped a child, an officer who was shot in the line of duty while protecting an innocent victim, an officer who arrested the suspect who shot your son or daughter because of the color of the shirt the individual was wearing.

You have no idea what we deal with out on the streets every day. Where I come from, assault on a police officer is a very serious offense, but here, people do not respect the men and women in blue, and this article you published just set all of us back years.

Cops do what we do because we love our job. We have great amounts of pride, and we have great amounts of integrity. Please remember that when you dial 911 asking for police assistance.

Stafford, Va.