Sheriff’s Office doing remarkable things


I am puzzled by the Union-Bulletin’s treatment of the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office and its leaders.

What other department in Walla Walla County has done the following:

  • Established an independent citizen-led group that has raised over $30,000 to fund a program the county can’t or won’t? Recently one of the K9s was used to cause a hiding alleged car thief to quickly come out of hiding and give up ( or
  • Doubled the number of volunteers and improved the training so that they are recognized and the best (Search and Rescue) unit in the State?
  • Regularly scheduled quarterly open meetings with the communities in the County to provide a department update and listen to citizen concerns.
  • Upgraded service so that there is 24/7 — coverage.
  • Upgraded staff training so that there is regular scheduled professional training.
  • Upgraded staff equipment:
  • New safe uniforms.
  • New handguns and rifles (same model and caliber).
  • Ballistic helmets.

These and other accomplishments are rather remarkable to this citizen, especially in view of the economy. What I do not understand is the negative press presented on the department and its leaders given the above positive accomplishments.

Is it that mud sells papers?

Ted Richerzhagen

College Place



barracuda says...

RE: *What other department in Walla Walla County has done the following...*

In reference to any/all of the above items.... I don't think the road department needs new helmets or guns.

*Sorry .... I couldn't resist*......

Posted 20 July 2013, 12:08 p.m. Suggest removal

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