Letter: A Disciplined, Vigilant Police Force
To the Editor:
Jim Kenyon’s diatribe against the Hanover police (“Power Play,” May 19) is mystifying. Why is he defending an inebriated underage foreign student?
The students says she drank six beers (a statement contradicted by a fellow reveler, who says she was drinking hard liquor). Offered by the police an opportunity to enroll in the alcohol-diversion program, she failed to respond. When the offer to enroll in the diversion program was renewed, she went online with a begging bowl for help to pay the fee for the one-day class that was imposed by the “unfair” American police. This is behavior worthy of defense?
My experience of the Hanover police is of unfailing courtesy. I have committed minor offenses and been let off with a friendly warning. No harassment, no show of power.
Three times I have called for an ambulance for an ailing Hanover resident. It arrived promptly, accompanied by a police car, which, I was told, is normal procedure. During one of the ambulance calls, the person needing medical attention became confused and very upset, and refused to board the ambulance. It was the police officer who gently persuaded the person to ride with him to the hospital. I doubt that I would meet with such compassion from the police in any of the countries where I have resided.
Kenyon thinks the conduct of the student is a matter for Dartmouth to deal with, not the police. The rest of us may not be so happy about young people being a law unto themselves with no obligation to obey the authority of the police.
We have a vigilant and disciplined police force in Hanover for which we should be grateful. To accuse officers of “shadowing ambulance calls” in order to nab the young in a show of power is absurd, surpassing Kenyon’s many absurdities.