“The interesting thing with this letter is that I added footnotes to my submission, and they were taken into account in editing.”
Re “Despite the bad headlines, Toronto Police did some good work last year” (Chris Doucette, Jan 6): It’s a shame that a large body of excellent work has not received all the credit it deserves because of the actions of a few officers. I believe Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair should investigate to determine if steroid use has become a part of the police culture. It certainly is problematic in the U.S. where hundreds of officers have been implicated. It would be unrealistic to think that it’s not to be found up here. One thing we don’t need is juiced-up cops taking it out on civilians. “Roid rage” is a well-documented phenomenon and cannot be risked with armed police officers.
(As you said, it’s a shame all the good work police officers do is at times overshadowed by a minority who shouldn’t be cops)
The interesting thing with this letter is that I added footnotes to my submission, and they were taken into account in editing. My wording “I would like to suggest that Chief Blair have some thorough research made into the extent to which steroid use has become a part of the police culture. It certainly has in the States, (1) and it would be unrealistic to think that it is not to be found up here” became in part “It certainly is problematic in the U.S. where hundreds of officers have been implicated.”
Adding footnotes is more effort, but certainly can’t do any harm… JG.
See Toronto Sun “Letters to the Editor, Jan. 12th, 2014” here.
Here are the two footnotes…
(1) The origional AOL News item is no longer available on-line, but the full text of “Cops Use of Illegal Steroids a Big Problem” (Dec. 2010) can be found here.
(2) See “Abuse potential – illicit use by groups – government – law enforcement” about half-way down here.