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Diary's Letter to the Union Tribune as Printed
June 11th, 2006
The Social Diary Columnist & Photographer
As a wife of a police officer,
Scott Johnston, I am truly wary and weary of the understaffing.
My husband began his career 28 ½
years ago. He was awarded the first Purple Heart for rescuing
two officers downed by gang members in Logan Heights. He was shot
through the leg. The second shot misfired at his head.
The gang member who shot my husband got
22 months after pleading he was an important part to raising his
10 children. The gang he belongs to is associated with drugs.
Sometimes it seems judges handing down
weak sentences contribute to the problem. My husband continues
to focus on helping people. But it is truly a concern for him,
and fellow officers, when they have to go to a call without the
mandated backup – because there is no backup.
Why should my husband, or any officer,
be in jeopardy when standard procedure dictates backup for basic
safety reasons? And why should some stay? The pay is low here.
It's 30 percent higher in Orange County and other places for the
Mayor Jerry Sanders apparently believes
public safety has not been jeopardized ... so why is less than
standard deemed acceptable?
* Margo Schwab has
produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media
organizations since 1989. Schwab has an college degree
from Scripps College and a Masters of Business
degree from the University of San Diego.
Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also
continues to lobby for water safety and for family violence mitigation.
Schwab is the owner and publisher of the Social Diary.
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