"We're probably not going to be able to do anything about that." Has anybody else in this town heard those words when he/she called Elkins' finest? I have heard too many stories of everyday law-abiding citizens and business owners calling the police to report all things from public intoxication, destruction of property, writing bad checks and then sending somebody back to return the merchandise for cash. Nine times out of 10, the response is the above-mentioned baloney.
What ever happened to "serve and protect?" I can ask anybody on the street today where to buy any drug known to man and that person will direct me. It's not a secret. The problem is that more than one call has gone out to our finest police officers and the person making the call always gets an excuse. What's that all about?
The pill heads and the meth heads just run around this town like they are doing nothing wrong. Everybody knows who they are and where they get their product. Why hasn't anything been done?
I, like every other hardworking Elkinite, pay taxes in this town and help support what the police department is doing. I just can't figure out what it is that they have done for anybody lately. Yes, I know, I don't monitor the police band 24 hours a day; but I have heard so many statements from the good people of this town about how they call and nobody comes.
I am not saying that I could do a better job. The standard, "We are not going to be able to do anything about that" statement doesn't fly. If I would have said that when I worked for the FBI or when I was embedded overseas with the Iraqis, I would have been fired from the Bureau and sent back to the FOB in Iraq to wait for a one-way ticket to the states and a possible court martial.
In the end, all I can do is call this to the attention of other readers and citizens of this great town. Let's not see some great law-abiding citizens taking the law into their own hands to take back their neighborhoods and their businesses. The funny thing is, if one of us law-abiding citizens does anything, we will be the ones who wind up in Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
Patrick B. Binns