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Letter to the editor: Support chief, Mocksville police

To the editor:

I would like to reach out to each one of you and ask for everyone’s support for our Mocksville Police Department and our Police Chief Pat Reagan. In the past several weeks, these guys have been put through more scandal and harassment than any department that I have seen in the past.

I’m a mother of one of those officers that is getting put down and slandered and you know, it’s getting pretty old and I’m tired of it as I’m sure the parents and families of the rest of that department are, too. Those guys are human beings just like the rest of us, except for one difference: they put on a uniform and a badge and put their life on the line every time they walk out the door to protect us and for what, for the crap that they are getting put through. No respect. No appreciation. Just slandering.

I think they do one heck of a job. Look at the crime rate. It’s down in Mocksville. I think Pat Reagan is doing a good job. He was left with a handful of bull crap in the first place from former chiefs; yet ya’ll want to blame everything on him. He’s gotten rid of all the bad apples in the P.D., that’s the problem right there. You guys in upper politics can’t have your way because you don’t have your good old boy’s club any more. That’s the big issue. It’s not that Pat Reagan isn’t doing his job, it’s because Pat is doing his job. He is an honest man. If you didn’t want an honest man to do the job, you shouldn’t have put him in it. Pat Reagan is a Godly man. He has a good heart and soul. He would give you the shirt off his back if he thought it would help.

Five years ago, my husband had three strokes and Pat Reagan was so good; he told us if we needed anything to let him know and he meant every word of it. They asked my son every day if we were OK and if we needed anything. That’s the kind of people who work at the police department. They are family. They would help you if they saw you out, even if they were out of uniform. Those people are good people . You guys have to get to know them and give them a chance, and don’t believe everything you read in the media, because social media is the first to tell you lies and fake news.

These board members who are making all these accusations are the ones who had the good old boys in their pockets and now they don’t.  So just be open minded and listen to both sides before you make a decision about these guys who get out here everyday to serve and protect you. Where would you be without them? Think about it. So give these guys a fighting chance and give Pat Reagan a fighting chance. He does the job like it’s supposed to be done. He promotes people when they deserve to be promoted, not as a favor to someone because they are kind to them or are good friends with them. He is a good, honest leader and that’s what the department has needed for a very lone time.

I stand behind Pat Reagan and the Mocksville Police Department 100 percent. And if ya’ll want to complain about something, you could look into the sheriff’s department, because I know they have a few things wrong with them, but no one wants to hear or listen about them. If I only knew the right people to take them to for action.

Robin Correll

Mocksville