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Letter: Differing View of Hanover Police

To the Editor:

Jim Kenyon’s contemptuous view of the Hanover Police Department (“Power Play,” May 19) is totally at variance with mine. I’m unable to comment on the details of his accusatory account except to object to the terms “shadowing ambulance calls” and “chasing ambulances.” During my husband’s terminal illness in 2010, I had many sad occasions to call for ambulance assistance, and found that each time an ambulance arrived it was accompanied by a police officer who offered me much needed support and encouragement. I believe it is departmental policy that officers go out on all ambulance calls, certainly not just those involving alcohol.

Kenyon portrays the police as maintaining an adversarial position with respect to town residents, especially young people. Alas, I’m no longer 19 and have long outgrown tipsy parties. But my experience since my husband died has been of police who have shown remarkable compassion and have offered tremendous emotional support as well as entirely unexpected practical help. They have offered advice whenever I have sought it and have conveyed a consistently protective attitude.

Audrey McCollum

Etna

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I’ve long thought that Hanover police arrest Dartmouth students for underage drinking to make money for the town. Maybe pumping up the town coffers isn’t the cops’ only motivation, though. Arresting underage drinkers can be quite the power trip, too, or so it seems from a recent case. In underage drinking cases involving 18- to 20-year-olds, Hanover cops decide who …