When we need them, they are there. We are fortunate here in Benton County to have the level of professional law enforcement services we do, and quite often it is taken for granted. When there are well-publicized incidents such as shootings, the public becomes more aware of the dangers these officers encounter. While major incidents become well known through the media, what often is unknown is the little things these officers and agencies do daily to make our communities safer.
It is a tribute to the leadership, dedication and professionalism of the men and woman of each agency, from the chiefs to the support staff to the newest person on patrol, that they have continued to find ways to maintain levels of service despite facing growing communities with complex challenges and with staffing levels that were inadequate a decade ago.
Now, they are asking for our help. This increase will have a great impact on our law enforcement agencies and those who support and work with them to help make our communities safer. This increase is an investment in our communities and our law enforcement professionals. Thank you for your selfless service. Stay safe.
J.S. SPROWL, West Richland