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Public safety and the Tacoma police department

Post by Kim Bradford on July 21, 2008 at 10:37 am |
July 21, 2008 10:37 am

Today’s story about the Northeast Tacoma couple who were attacked by two pit bulls as they walked their dog Friday evening is disturbing for a couple of reasons.

The sad fact that dog owners can’t go for a stroll without risking harm from vicious marauding dogs is the biggest outrage. But right up there is this line from the story: “A Tacoma police spokesman did not return a page seeking comment Sunday.”

We’ve had our own problems getting a response from TPD in the past week. Last Monday, we paged the on-duty public information officer to ask about fireworks enforcement. No response. We left a message for Assistant Chief Bob Sheehan as well. No return call.

Sheehan did call back the next day – and complained that our editorial didn’t give the department due credit for its 2007 fireworks enforcement staffing levels.

Police officials can be their own worst enemy when they don’t respond to requests seeking information. Worse yet, their unresponsiveness can become a matter of public safety. It shouldn’t fall to victims to alert the community.

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