I am an Arlington resident and received your paper with the Salute to Police section. I am also a police officer in a city in Snohomish County.
I wanted to extend appreciation to your publication for dedicating a section of your paper to specifically appreciating police, and for the businesses that bought ads supporting police.
It has been a difficult year to be a police officer. I have seen many of my co-workers decide to leave their departments, or second guess their decision in choosing this field this year. It is hard to see police painted in the way they have been this past year, particularly because it is not indicative of our values, or representative of how we have viewed our role in the community.
I know a vast majority of our community is supportive of local police. This trust and support should have to be earned by the individual officers every day. It was so nice to see that community support in your paper.
Thank you again,