What you can do to support Police Officers
As a recently retired police officer I have been asked by many people about what they can do to support police officers during this tragic and volatile time. I have told those who live In Oro Valley that there is an election where two of the incumbents running for re-election have consistently criticized the finest officers and department there may be in this country. In early April 2014 several Oro Valley Police officers dodged bullets from a crazed gunman who ended up taking hostages resulting in a long standoff. Within two weeks Bill Garner was quoted in the newspaper where he used terms such as “prima donna” when referring to the police department and “thuggary” when referring to police officers. Many of those officers involved in that April 2014 incident have since been recognized for their heroism. And Mike Zinkin’s constant unwarranted criticism of the police department and officers has been well documented. I watched the video of the June 3, 2015 council meeting where the Deputy Chief of Police had to address many of the ridiculous and offensive assertions that Zinkin and Garner have made towards the Oro Valley police department and its officers. The Deputy Chief warned that non constructive criticism of law enforcement should not be furthered by individuals in leadership positions. This is the non constructive rhetoric that Zinkin and Garner have been spewing for years now towards the officers, those who honorably protect and serve all of us. We’ve seen the danger and damage done across this country related to such rhetoric way too much recently. It has been devastating to those of us who have served in public safety, and those that support us. It is unfortunate that Brendan Burns has had so many issues involving intervention by the police but chooses to seek office again where he is called upon to cast votes directly impacting those officers. He has also described himself as being aligned with Zinkin and Garner when explaining his criminal justice issues.
It is for these reasons that I have chosen to publicly support the three challengers in the upcoming election, thus supporting the police officers that honorably serve Oro Valley. So when you want to know what you can do to support police officers you now know that voting for Rhonda Pina, Bill Rodman and Steve Solomon is how you can show your support in Oro Valley.
Sgt. Bruce Thomas, OVPD (retired)