Letters: Off-duty police unfairly identified in stories

Dear Editor,

I find it disingenuous of the media to constantly refer to the occupation of someone involved in an accident, if that person happens to be a police officer.

I refer, especially lately, to the sad case of the young fellow killed in a traffic accident in Abbotsford, having been hit by a car driven by “an off-duty police officer” – a phrase used in just about every article about the case.

Is it somehow worse, if he/she is a police officer? Does it make for a greater level of drama? We never see, for example, “driven by an off-duty shoe salesman,” or any such thing.

It is as if the police officer should never have been involved in the first place, and I don’t think for a minute that they have any particular claim to driving perfection, nor should they be expected to do so. 

Yet, these statements prevail, and they tend, I believe, to be inflammatory and judgmental.

Wayne Boylan, Aldergrove

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