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 â€œan off-duty police officerâ€ â€“ 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, â€œdriven by an off-duty shoe salesman,â€ or any such thing.
It is as if the police officer should never have been involved in the first place, and I donâ€™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