Jeff Kelley (Readers' Forum, Dec. 3) thinks that Utah Highway Patrol and Utah law enforcement agencies need "to create a comprehensive training policy on the rules of engagement and make the public aware of that policy."

To start with, next to the military, law enforcement officers are probably the most trained professionals in "the rules of engagement" in the United States. While I agree that the particular officer in the infamous Taser case could benefit from some additional training in "verbal judo," the bottom line is that when an officer detains you, it is your responsibility to follow his instructions and commands.

There are too many crosses along Utah's highways for fallen officers who were killed by people who failed to obey an officer's legal commands. Besides, anybody who thinks they can talk an officer out of a citation by being rude has been smoking their socks.

Brad Merritt

Woodland Hills