Re "Don't link CHP salaries to pay of big city cops" (Editorials, July 24): One would think that folks in your business would do some research before sticking your nose in another's business. Your editorial attacking California Highway Patrol pay parity with five large police departments came up short in the factual department.
First, the CHP doesn't just "patrol freeways," far from it. While an important responsibility, in reality, the CHP has primary jurisdiction on all unincorporated roads in California, as well as all crimes on state property. Second, a very large number of CHP personnel are, in fact, assigned to those big cities with their big city crime problems. And third, and perhaps most importantly, one of the most dangerous duties performed by police officers anywhere is making a "routine traffic stop," the bread and butter of CHP officers. You may still bemoan the formula for pay parity if you like, but do your homework first, please.
-- Lon Kurtzman, Folsom