More citizen involvement could be of benefit to RCPD

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

A letter to the editor I wrote a few years ago drew some discussion regarding the Riley County Law Board. The Sunday Mercury editorial stated that some Law Board members are city and county commissioners and some are “ordinary citizens.”

While state law implies that, that is rarely the case. More often than not, the Law Board has city and county commis-sioners and the county attorney only — no ordinary citizens.

After the last election for county commissioners, Riley County Commissioner Dave Lewis (on KMAN Radio the next day) stated that he looked forward to working with both of the new members, including seeing to it that all Riley County commissioners should be on the Law Board. A little presump-tuous on his part, maybe?

The Riley County Police Department’s funding is set by the Law Board and is a large part of both the city and county budgets. Now we read about this new group, and I am wondering if they propose having more citizen involvement in law enforcement. We certainly are not getting that in our current system

To accommodate more citizen input, it would be a positive move if the Law Board could meet after the regular workday, if that could be arranged without too much difficulty.

I am quick to say that I find the current director of the RCPD to be very accessible and helpful on this and other issues.

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