This letter is in response to the Jan. 25 letter, "Frontal assaults by cops look good on TV." The letter writer seems to write like an expert on warrants service and narcotics raids.
I take great exception to his demeaning terminology of our officers involved in the latest shooting. These officers are highly trained in what they do and are governed by a board made up of sheriffs and chiefs of police from Morgan and Weber Counties.
The greatest threat facing an officer on any call is the unknown; however, they must not have taught that in L.A. County.
Having spent 17 years undercover, working narcotics and serving warrants probably numbering in the hundreds, there has been few occasions when things went according to plans. The writer's suggestions would only give the suspect warning of the officers' presence and their intentions, giving the suspect adequate time to mount a deadly defense. His reference to frontal assaults being stupid is like spitting on the blood of those brave officers who put their lives on the line to make our community a safer place to live. Coming from California, he probably didn't realize that.
Those officers are very highly trained, and again, his comment about their training only shows his huge misguided understanding of police work. Those officers involved probably received more training in a year than the writer received during his short tenure as a deputy marshall. The writer should remember this: the fact that he sleeps in his comfortable home at night is because a few dedicated men and women keep the watch, the watch that keeps him safe.