To the Editor:
It has been several months since the tragic death of the young boy from Crystal Lake, AJ. Presently, this horrific emotional event has subsided from our everyday conversation. Much has been written regarding this case. One facet, however, has been omitted, and it needs to be brought to the surface.
That would be the expert and professional work that was done by the Crystal Lake Police Department to resolve this case.
Its efforts are consistent and typical with what I have experienced over the past 17 years as a resident here. Their profession is not an easy one.
All too often, we forget or, more realistically, are unaware of the difficulties they encounter on a daily basis.
How many cases are they dealing with that are similar to that of AJ’s? It does not take much to rekindle painful thoughts and feelings. How many times are these disturbing memories rekindled for them? Don’t you think this takes a toll?
In a broader look at what all police officers deal with, we are told that they must build trust within the community they serve. They need more education as to how to interact with these communities.
Really? What about the training for the residents in troubled communities? Communication is a two-way street. I have yet to hear of any courses being given in these communities. Have you?
In closing, I would like to express my respect, admiration and support to the Crystal Lake police for their service. Thank you.