Letter: Local police work to build trust

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Recently, President Trump made comments during a speech regarding treatment of criminals by police officers.

The Law Enforcement Council of Clark County police and sheriffs’ agencies, which is composed of Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins, Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson, Camas Police Chief Mitch Lackey, Ridgefield Police Chief John Brooks, Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain, Washougal Police Chief Ron Mitchell and myself, La Center Police Chief Marc Denney, does not, in any way, condone police brutality at any level.

The law enforcement profession, and the policing agencies represented by LEC, have spent years building relationships with the community we serve. The foundation of this relationship is based on trust, fairness and respect for all people, and we are committed to continuing those efforts.

While each individual agency may have different vision, mission and value statements, the foundation of our profession and the overarching philosophy behind each of our agencies is that the members of our organizations act with compassion, self-discipline and moral behavior at the highest levels. As a collective body of law enforcement leaders, the sheriff and police chiefs of LEC want to assure the public that our focus is on serving our communities with the values we hold dear, and we will not waver.