Re: Dan Doberstein’s letter, "Protect and serve?":
Mr. Doberstein’s ill regard and disrespect to our deputies is sickening and unfounded.
Why should our deputies direct traffic for us when a signal goes out due to a power outage? Had there been a terrible traffic collision, then, yes, they would be there to help direct traffic. Mr. Doberstein complains that his commute increased from five minutes to 20 minutes. Did his pit stop to the station make his commute any quicker? It’s probably safe to say no.
A few months ago someone tried to break into my home. I had deputies arrive in less than 90 seconds. Now, had they been at Mr. Doberstein’s beck and call directing traffic for him, they would not have been there to help me. These deputies and officers have loved ones, who, after saying good-bye, say a secret prayer to have them come home safe just one more time. They repeat this every day.
Does Mr. Doberstein even comprehend what these men and women truly do? The countless hours they volunteer for children, charities and our teens is amazing. Their commitment to our troubled teens brings hope and direction for tomorrow. If, God forbid, he ever encountered a real emergency, he will, of course, call our law enforcement, and they will be right there to assist even him, regardless of his baseless feelings of anger and resentment against them. That is what they have sworn to do.
Our law enforcement is a place of safety and refuge in times of crisis. They are not here to serve as Mr. Doberstein’s personal traffic coordinator, ensuring a pleasant commuting experience. Mr. Doberstein owes every deputy and officer in Ventura County an apology.
— Pam Howard, Moorpark