Todd Offord, San Clemente

Please, don’t get me wrong, I respect the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Police Services and all law enforcement, but I am really getting tired of hearing the excuse for the rise in crime being the fact that Propositions 47 and 57 were passed by the people.

I work for a local fire department, and we come up with plans for the “what ifs,” meaning that if this does pass, how will we deal with it? It’s been a few years now, and being a professional organization as the OCSD is, when can we expect that excuse to go away?

We all care for our community. The majority of us respect what police officers have to deal with each day, but come on! In today’s society, social media is the way we communicate whether it shows you in a bad light or good one. Get with the times and stop making excuses.

Editor’s note: Propositions 47 and 57 were ballot initiatives passed by California voters in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

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