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Lame police response, even lamer excuses

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Won’t things ever change at the Schenectady Police Department? Stories like the one in Wednesday’s Gazette about the department’s glacial-paced response to a burglary complaint, followed by a series of surly excuses for the indefensibly long delay, indicate that however much progress has been made weeding out bad cops and improving service in recent years, the department still has serious accountability problems — both performing basic duties and treating customers with respect. It’s bad enough ...

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July 18, 2013
8:15 a.m.

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While I think the vast majority of the Gazette staff are professional and do their best to be fair and objective, the writer of this editorial and one or two others, which I will not name, have shown they are incapable or unwilling to do the reporter's job the way it is supposed to be done.

First, response time can be a problem especially when you only have 145 officers dealing with the crime (which is declining in several major categories) and social problems they have to deal with. But, certainly - that is little consolation for the poor woman whose house was burglarized.

The response from the officers is what it was - unprofessional, immature, and contrary to the direction the leadership and officers are trying to take the Department.

what bothers me most about this editorial is the leadoff line - "Won't things ever change?" To say that one or two unprofessional clowns counterbalances all the the positive work by the PD leadership and members is unfair, and its' unrealistic." In a department of over 200 people, 145 sworn - there are unfortunately going to be a few jerks whose comments or performance will be substandard - cops are human (although I wouldn't call the two unnamed officer cops) and they are going to make mistakes or in this case intentionally do and say stupid things. And, it's been addressed and I see nothing from the leadership down there that leads me to believe they will not address this. But the editorial writer wants to take this one incident that occurred and assert that because there are still isolated acts of stupidity and immaturity - the Department will never change. It's a problem and it has been dealt with.

You know, while an editorial is an opinion, it should still be fair and objective. The writer has something in common with those officers, they all fall short of what a professional should be.

July 18, 2013
9:44 p.m.

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I agree 100% with reader1. It is the same old Gazette hatchet job editorial bashing the SPD.

July 21, 2013
4:55 p.m.

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Good job reader1