In reference to Robert Castelli’s column (“In defense of our police,” July 17), he says America has the best trained, educated and dedicated police officers in the world. But in the U.S., police training lasts on average 19 weeks. In much of Europe that would be unthinkable. In Germany, for example, police train for at least 130 weeks. 

I understand his wish to defend his work and his colleagues, and I have nothing but good things to say about our local police. But why does he need to take offense? Stepping back for a moment to listen to someone else, or questioning ourselves doesn’t mean we admit failure, it is simply a good way to improve. We are all humans. Surely nobody is perfect. And this country isn’t either. Instead of immediately defending our own turf, let us look for ways to work together so we can change things for the better.

 Filippine Hoogland


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