Recently I wrote an editorial responding to a citizens concerns about property taxes and what a city councilman’s roll in taxes are. (See: Councilmen Think About Taxes?)

It seems that I praised every department in Washington…. except for the Washington Police Department. What an extraordinary oversight on my part. And while the WPD knows the affinity I have for them, it is only fair that I state publicly what they know privately. Without civil order being the first order, nothing else functions.

As an example of their professionalism, I was recently told a story from a father of a teen that lives in my ward. His teenager had been recently pulled over for exceeding the speed limit, by 15 mph. The boy probably continued a little further than the average person would have and could have added a heap of trouble to his simple speeding violation.

The officer, one of the newer members to the force, called the father to the scene, where a long and respectful conversation ensued. The officer made a decision to let the teen off with a warning. Consequently, the teen learned a big lesson about responsibility and the father gained a new respect for the Washington Police Department.

The officer displayed sage wisdom and judgment beyond his years. The parent was spared a huge increase in insurance premiums and possibly having his child’s driving privileges revoked.

I am very proud of this police force.

Thanks Chief Hahn and company.

Guy W. Midkiff

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