PTC cops’ motto: ‘to serve & collect’
You may think the ticket I received for exceeding 40 in the 30 mph zone on Huddleston Drive is my motivation for pointing the finger at our police. But the truth is that ticket merely pokes me with a sharp stick to say publicly what has been bothering me for some time. Besides, I was guilty of speeding and will pay the fine.
What bothers me is we law-abiders should feel a connection of trust and support with our police force, but for a very long time that has not been the case in Peachtree City. What should be “we” long ago turned into “us vs. them.”
My ticket came from a motorcycle cop (nice guy) hiding behind a bush on Huddleston Drive. Maybe the police department needed revenue this week, but the speed traps I see prompt two thoughts.
First, instead of protecting us, they are feeding on us.
Second, if our police department has enough officers to set up speed traps in town, maybe they are overstaffed. Maybe they should be subject to the same belt-tightening as other city departments despite the “hands-off” attitude at City Hall about the public safety budget.
When our family moved to Peachtree City in 1971, Haskell Barber was our wonderful police chief, and his car read “PTC police — to serve & protect.” And he did.
Times have changed. Hiding behind bushes, lying in wait around a curve, trying to catch moms on the way to the grocery store, the family on their way to soccer games or, heaven forbid, a golfer who had a beer with buddies after a round at Flat Creek. It’s the sneaky, gotcha strategy that makes me mad.
With 105 cars and a couple of motorcycles, I would like to think our police are focused on catching the bank robbers, drug dealers from Atlanta or the burglars from Clayton County.
Disheartening is the best word I have for the realization they are trying to catch you and me, waiting to nail us to raise money. They see us not as partners, but as prey.
I guess that’s what passes for law enforcement leadership these days.
Never mind my ticket. I’ll gladly pay the fine for exceeding the Huddleston speed limit. I just wish we could trust our police force to be looking out for us instead of seeking an opportunity to hammer us to feed their kitty.
I don’t know about you but I lost that trust long before my ticket.
If there are any Peachtree City police cars left with the “protect and serve” slogan on them, replacing them with “We’ll get you one day!” would at least have the virtue of being honest.
I appeal sincerely, Mr. Police Chief, tear down that wall you are building between the good citizens of PTC and start building trust and respect again.
Send those officers out each day with the mission “to serve & protect” making PTC the safest and friendliest town in the South.