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Most law enforcement officers, we genuinely believe, are honest, hard- working individuals who fulfill their duties honorably. Sadly, though, there are those who abuse their authority and sometimes violate the very laws they are called upon to uphold.
In recent months, the public has learned about an officer in Moab going to jail for departmental theft; a police lieutenant in Farmington pleading guilty to patronizing a prostitute; two officers in Millard County leaving the force following a cover-up investigation. The list goes on - cops accused of domestic violence, dealing drugs, lying, driving drunk, and even shoplifting.
When it comes to honoring and obeying the law, cops, typically, are held to a higher standard. And when they fail, their indiscretions are magnified, as they should be.
KSL appreciates the fact the profession in Utah polices itself through POST, the division that trains and certifies law enforcement officers. POST regularly investigates cases and metes out discipline. They work to separate bad apples from the good.
All POST cases, along with others in the news, should be sobering reminders to every law enforcement officer of the need to live lives above reproach. They owe it to the public they serve, the profession they follow, and especially to themselves and their families.