An Unpublished Letter: Moore County Law Enforcement?

 I may expect too much from the several professions that characterize and dignify–or perhaps tarnish–our communities and bring into question the integrity of our legal system.  But I don’t think so.

All established professions have transcendent and enduring values to uphold and defend.  The words that convey and express these ethical standards are unvarying and immutable.

In medicine the mantra is (as old as Hippocrates in Ancient Greece),  “Do No Harm.”

In teaching it is “Good Instruction and Fair Evaluation.”

In those alliances that we trust with our property and our lives (such as Fire and Police Departments and publicly-funded hospitals),  the overriding values are “To Serve and Protect.”

Therefore, it galls me particularly when local law enforcement is conducted (as in the case of Mr. Hoffman and calling on two of my own experiences) at times in Moore County,  North Carolina.

Here is a letter that I  sent on January 17 to our daily paper.

Editorial Page Editor                                                                The Fayetteville Observer                                                     P.O. Box 849
Fayetteville, NC 28302

I am  pleased but disheartened to read the complaint  about police “protection” in Moore County.  Twice victimized by police officers in Moore County’s “legal system,” I agree with Andy Thomas’s observations [in the Observer several weeks ago]:

With little else to do, these lawmen are experts at writing tickets for questionable offenses which, in other communities, would occur without incident or at most with a warning.
They thrive on older folks who may exceed the speed limit by a mile or two and other similarly “serious” offenses.
It’s time for Pinehurst police to represent the community they serve with better judgment and more realistic performance of their duties.

Both times I was pulled over and cited, I was caught in a “speed trap.”  The second time we knew that the speed cited was inflated. Just beginning a trip to Missouri [to visit my ailing mother], we did not need a long delay.
I later talked to a Moore County lawyer.  He said that the young women who cited me were typical “hires.” They made a minimal salary and needed to write citations. Complaints from retired residents were frequent, and pressure was put on the agencies to “do something about it.”
It is a sorry day when “serve and protect” begins to mean “harass and intimidate.”   I am increasingly fearful of local law enforcement. . . .  And I become more and more incensed as I contemplate what “real criminals” or scofflaws they could be arresting.  Finally, I  wish I could tell such “honey bears” (second son’s term) as these two to find some honest, worthwhile employment.

Sincerely yours,

Raymond J. Rundus

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8 Responses to “An Unpublished Letter: Moore County Law Enforcement?”

  1. Tammy Stephens Says:

    Raymond,
    I think you have been hanging around me too much, lol! 😆
    Proud of you for speaking out and standing up for yourself.
    It’s the only way to see positive change.

  2. Forest Crump Says:

    Hear, hear, Raymond. If small town police have nothing more to do than spend their time playing traffic cop for insignificant violations then the town doesn’t need them and they are just a waste of money, no matter how little they are paid.

    Everyone has experienced riding behind a city, county and even highway patrol officers of the law going 5-10 miles over the speed limit in 35, 45, 55, 65 mph zones.

    I’m still mad about the seatbelt law for adults; I understand the required restraints for children because an adult’s neglect in that area could result in serious injury to the child. However, me as an adult driving or riding down the highway without a seatbelt on endanger no one but myself so why am I given a ticket for that?

    People who eat greasy fried foods should be given tickets. People who are grossly overweight should be given tickets. There should be an excise tax on fast foods like cigarettes or alcohol and it would definitely bring in more revenue for the state.

  3. Raymond Rundus Says:

    I hear you, both of you. And I like what I am hearing. It is so easy to be docile or “chicken out” when law enforcement people are invading what we consider to be “our territory” or “our privacy.” (Check out the U.S. Constitution on this.)

    But we’ve experienced enough of corrupt and negligent law enforcement in the Cape Fear region to last us for another lifetime, preferably forever.

    RJR

  4. Tammy Stephens Says:

    Raymond,
    Oh yes! And leaders as well.

  5. anomyous Says:

    Moving down from a norther state and seeing how southern pines police department works, I’m not surprised. It appears that senior officers or management officers don’t want any real crime reported because it will make the town look bad, as in the case of Southen Pines, where the junior officers are paid the least in the area. In fact I’ve been told on many occassion that the Southern Pines Police Dept is a swinging door. Speed enforcement is important, not only for speed control, but for a host of other issues. Since you probably don’t have any background in policing I’m not goting to debate this issue with you. However, in the case of Southern Pines, while it is never said publically, the conveyed messge is don’t do to much work with crime that will make the town look bad. I suspect that is true in many small towns, as it is really a political issue and not a serve and protect issue. Coming shortly, will be exposure on the twisted truth and possible corruption from management of Southern Police department from the senior managemet of that department, meaning the Captain and a seniro Lt., and eventually endoresd by the Chief. In other words, do the speeding tickets, ignore the crime so that the town doesn’t look bad because thats what the town elected officials want.

  6. CICvet Says:

    “…..enough of corrupt and negligent law enforcement…”.

    Remember the policeman who stopped women, demanded sex to clear themselves of a manufactured, horse-puckey charge? And the still ongoing (I assume, since the reports have died out) case of some clown flagging down cars with a blue light on/in his vehicle? It’s not only despicable, it is cowardly to hide behind the badge of authority.

  7. Tammy Stephens Says:

    CICvet,
    Shocking!

  8. cc Says:

    We wear seatbelts because they save lives, and that can’t be argued. If you don’t like the laws that govern our roadways, than don’t drive. Driving is a privelege, and not a right. So many people forget that, and that is a great deal of the problem. I certainly don’t agree with people receiving state citations for driving two or three miles over the speed limit, but enforcement of other laws is a must. You may think you are only going to hurt yourself, but in the long run, everyone pays. Statistices still clearly show that people are more likely to be injured or killed by a reckless or negligent driver than by a random act of violence. Look it up!

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