I Apologize to the Sykesville Police

by Jack White on November 29, 2012

I like the Sykesville Police. I think they do a terrific job. Apparently when I wrote about the Mullet Man, I offended Corporal Lewis and he left a comment. Here’s his comment. The Barney and Andy comment came from Eldersburg. I thought it was just a light jab at our town, comparing us to Mayberry, not really intended as an insult to our police.

Of course, we’re not Mayberry and our police are professionals.

So, I am sorry about that, Corporal. No offense was intended.

I’ll begin by saying I’m pretty sure you won’t print this.
Regarding your article, I know you think you’re being a funny guy when you try to ridicule your local police department by printing a derogatory comment about “Barnie and Andy” being on the scene of this incident.
Please keep in mind, however, this is exactly the type of behavior we discourage in our Middle School students. We call on-line postings of this nature cyber bullying.
I have 36 years of police experience and well over 5000 hours of specialized training. I’m pretty sure I’m not inept. All of your Town police officers are certified to the standards of the Maryland Police Training Commission and maintain that certification yearly. I KNOW they are not inept.
I feel as though I have earned the respect of residents in my tenure with the Town of Sykesville, by treating people the way I would like to be treated.
Although you didn’t mean it this way, if you stop and think about a small group of police officers doing their best to improve the quality of life in their town, for very little pay; perhaps Sykesville and Mayberry aren’t so different, after all.

Cpl. Dave Lewis #2455
Sykesville Police Dept.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Dave November 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Wow. Thank you very much for those kind words, Mr White. I know I’m supposed to have tougher skin and not be so easily offended, but after all these years, I still do feel pride in the work we do. Thank you again.

Cpl. Dave Lewis #2455
Sykesville Police Dept.

Jack White November 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Hi, Dave, you’re welcome. Call me Jack. I try not to intentionally hurt anyone’s feelings, but sometimes I get sloppy. Take care.

Patti Meyer November 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Corporal Dave,
You are top notch in my book, and I think you know that! Thank you for all you and your fellow officers do for our town. You have gone above and beyond whenever I’ve had dealings with you, and my Mom and I greatly appreciate it. Please be safe out there, and I hope to see you around town soon.
Patti “Cooper” Meyer

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