After virtually every high-speed chase or use of deadly force, law enforcement comes under some form of criticism or condemnation. The public needs to remember that each agency has its own rules and regulations governing these actions. However, it is the officer and supervisor on the scene who must make the final judgment call.

The letter by Paul Jacobson (Readers' Forum, May 20) is typical of those who oppose anything but a peaceful resolution to any kind of confrontation. Real life does not work that way.

All of the facts in a chase or shooting cannot always be made public, for a variety of reasons. Be assured, there will be multiple investigations conducted. Some might say that the whole thing will be "whitewashed." This is, of course, highly improbable because of the many agencies involved and an abundance of eyewitnesses.

Sterling R. Provost

Honorary colonel emeritus

Utah Highway Patrol