Letter: The real problem facing law enforcement

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  • Gkwahlberg Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 5:20 p.m.

    " Law enforcement is in big trouble in this community. The governing body in this state has resulted in a critical shortage of law enforcement personnel. The "best and brightest" cannot be recruited because of deplorable pay and the decimation of their retirement carried out by the state Legislature in 2010."

    We already have the "best and brightest" brightest officers in the state. The majority stay and serve because they have the desire to serve and be of help.They deserve and should be better paid and get the retirement that they deserve.

  • Opinionated Sandy, UT
    Jan. 5, 2019 10:56 a.m.

    It's supply/demand economics. We always hear crime is on the decline. If that were true, wouldn't we need LESS police officers? Which in reality is the solution--if we as a society were better at obeying laws, we would need less officers. So, whose fault is it that we don't have enough officers--the legislature or ours? We could decrease the demand, thus not needing to increase supply.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2019 9:02 a.m.

    Wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago that the D-News and other local "main stream media" reported that the state has a $1.5 BILLION surplus? And that the state still wanted to raise more taxes, especially gasoline taxes?

  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2019 7:42 p.m.

    Amen. The Legislature seems to be stacked with people who want to give incentives to businesses at the expense of many other interests in the state. Things will get pretty critical in the law enforcement and teaching fields, since people cannot afford to work for low pay and lowered retirement benefits.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 4, 2019 7:36 p.m.

    " Law enforcement is in big trouble in this community. The governing body in this state has resulted in a critical shortage of law enforcement personnel. The "best and brightest" cannot be recruited because of deplorable pay and the decimation of their retirement carried out by the state Legislature in 2010."

    Same thing with teachers. We always hear "We don't have the money". But as soon as the next Facebook, Amazon, etc. trolls our politicians for "incentives", suddenly we have tens of millions to give away. Utah is not the "best managed state".