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October 21, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Sheriff’s actions punitive, childish

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie recently made a statement about an insurance industry spokesperson who said insurance rates may increase in the county due to the sheriff’s decision not to investigate noninjury traffic accidents.

The sheriff said the insurance industry should have been paying more attention to this issue when he requested an increase in the sales tax known as the More Cops tax that was recently voted down by the county commissioners.

Gillespie made it clear that stopping his officers from investigating traffic accidents was political and his childish way to get back at the taxpayers who do not want to see sales tax increases during these hard times.

The question that Gillespie should be made to answer to his bosses (the taxpayers) is why he has only about 950 out of 2,600 sworn officers actually on the streets doing patrol duties?

Tell us, Sheriff, what are the 1,650 other officers doing? Why not put some of them on patrol duty for now?

I live in the Enterprise District and there are only 120 officers who patrol a population of 350,000, 18 percent of Clark County.

The district alone accounts for about 18 percent of police reports in the county. It seems to me that at least my district is getting shortchanged and the citizens will suffer.

What other districts are getting shortchanged?

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