Officer’s actions |

Officer’s actions

Regarding ‘Protocol Change’ for the Nevada City Police Department, a police officer has a split second to react to a threat and must make the correct decision in that split second.

This officer was investigating a possible burglary in progress. He was clearing the building and came across a person that failed to respond to his verbal commands. When he located this teacher, he did not immediately know who she was or what she was doing. When he concluded she was no threat, he properly holstered his weapon.

With all the griping from the teacher and parents this officer may now second guess himself in a dangerous situation. These moments may cause a delay in his response to a threat and this could provide a violent criminal with the time he needs to seriously injure or kill this officer or other citizen.

I have been a deputy sheriff for over 25 years, most of which has been in field assignments, and I believe this officer acted properly and I support his actions. Citizens, attorneys and judges have ample time to mull over the facts and then criticize the actions of officers. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies don’t have that luxury.

Greg Peterson

Penn Valley

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