Letter to the editor: Mammoth woman supports police

I haven’t been a resident of Mammoth for very long but I have been a resident of Mono County since 1989. Over the last 10 years I’ve been a frequent visitor of Mammoth. I enjoy all that the town has to offer. I’ve often told my friends that one day I will move to Mammoth. It took 8 years and 9 months, but I’m glad to say I’m now a resident. A lot of people have asked that one simple question, “why?” I’ll share the answer with you now.

It’s the smile you receive when you walk in to a business and get your morning coffee. It’s the pleasant greetings you get when you take a walk around the lakes basin. Most importantly it’s the feeling of being home. The feeling of security. I feel safe in Mammoth. That security comes from one place and one place only, the Mammoth Lakes Police Dept.

From the code of ethics…
“As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality, and justice.”

That is a bold statement. Every Peace Officer takes that vow from the time they are sworn in, until the day they die. It doesn’t stop at the end of their shift, not on their days off, it’s not a switch that they turn off when they retire. It’s a commitment for life. Whether they die in the line of duty, or of natural causes, it’s a vow they uphold for the rest of their lives. Law Enforcement and the Military are the only two organizations that make that type of commitment.

I’m astonished at the towns budget reduction proposal to the Police Dept. They are working with a skeleton crew as is and you’re demanding more cuts from a department that has already vowed to give their lives. You ask them now to give their jobs, their livelihoods.
If you go through with this huge reduction in man power expect delays in response times to calls for service. Expect crime to increase, expect that feeling of security to quickly diminish.

I’m outraged that more community members haven’t spoken on behalf of the Police Dept. Instead they speak of tourism, the road dept, and wildlife. Who protects the community? Who protects the visitors? Who drives the streets of Mammoth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? The men and women of Mammoth Lakes Police Dept. Protecting and serving the community. Who do you call when someone is breaking into your home? Tourism? When your business has been vandalized or your child has gone missing, does the road dept come to your rescue?
It’s the Mammoth Lakes Police Dept that you call for help. It’s the one Dept in this town where the lights stay on. It’s the one Dept in this town that shouldn’t be asked to give so much of their budget, because they have already vowed to give their lives.

As a part of this community, I ask the town council to save the Police Dept from any layoffs and harsh budget cuts, because they have vowed to save your lives.

Thank you for your time,

Michelle Anderson

Mammoth Lakes


10 Responses to Letter to the editor: Mammoth woman supports police

  1. Harry June 25, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Michelle – Great letter, I’m intotal agreement. The police department is under staffed for the number of residents 5,000 living in Mammoth. How does the town council expect the PD to deal with 20,000 tourists? As soon as the crime gets out of hand the tourists will stop coming, the Towns TOT will go down and the Town will go deeper into the hole.

    Remember that a number of the council members are also the ?brains? that brought us the wonderful airport mess.

  2. Sean June 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    I 100% support your letter, but reality is everyone has to suffer from some cuts. It is just a fact of life.

  3. CL June 26, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    Kudos Michelle. Thanks for saying what we’re all thinking. Or what we should be thinking!

  4. Just the facts June 26, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Thank you Michelle.
    With all of the anti-this, anti-that, in vogue today spewing polarization believing this is therapeutic for them, it’s comforting to know there are people like you around who appreciate the truly great qualities of the best-kept-secret of the Sierra -the town of Mammoth Lakes. Dan Watson has done a tremendous job keeping our remote mountain home safe and secure.
    Unfortunately, this will never pacify some of our foam-at-the-mouth types who do nothing but whine about how terrible the “left” is … (whatever the hell that is supposed to mean).
    One might say there are two kinds of people. Those that live in Mammoth and those that wish they did.

  5. Tourbillon June 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Thanks Michelle, I agree that MLPD does a good job and unlike many public agencies they realize that everyone must take a haircut these days while still doing the job. For that they should be commended.

    However, I hope and think you’re wrong that “security comes from one place and one place only, MLPD”. In a society of free people security primarily must come from the good nature and ethics of the people themselves. Only when a bad apple comes on scene are the police needed. I think that neither you nor MLPD wants a police state as the sole source of security.

  6. a bit of an exaggeration June 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Oh, come on “Tourbillon” !!!
    “Police State?”
    You’ve been watching way too much Fox News!

  7. Roy June 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    As someone that spent 30 years of my life as a Police Officer its nice to see that some people do appreciate us. Thank you Michelle for your kind words.

  8. True Blue June 27, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Thanks Michelle. MLPD sets a high standard for Eastern Sierra Law Enforcement.

  9. jose chavez June 27, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    well written letter!.growing up in mammoth, those are all the reasons why i still love tha place. some ‘ol friends, who are now retired, worked for MLPD. And now, years later, some ‘ol classmates are now employed by MLPD! keep up the good work! all men and women of law enforcement!

  10. Why not a survey? June 27, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Perhaps an item of business for Mammoth Lakes is to develop a community survey, which will be mailed to each home and business in Mammoth Lakes. This would be the first time in the history of Mammoth Lakes that such a survey would be done. The survey will be designed to measure satisfaction with police services, fear of crime and perceptions of public safety in Mammoth Lakes; identifying community problems, concerns, and priorities; and solicit ideas on how to achieve community policing in Mammoth Lakes. The results of this survey will serve as a tool to help determine services and priorities of the Police Department.


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