Editorial on CHP salaries dishonored fallen officers

Published: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 - 10:07 am

Re "Don't link CHP Salaries to pay of big city cops" (Editorials, July 24): If you visit the California Peace Officers Memorial at the state Capitol, you will note that the law enforcement agency with the highest number of fallen officers by far is the California Highway Patrol. Tragically, that dubious honor only becomes more pronounced with each passing year as the names of CHP officers are added to the memorial.

Consequently, your editorial inferring that CHP officers do not face the same risk and dangers as do police officers in the largest cities of the state was not only highly inaccurate and misinformed, but an insult to the families of CHP officers killed in the line of duty and to every member of the department. You can debate what you believe CHP officers should be paid and the method used in deriving that salary, but in the process don't you dare diminish the dangers faced by CHP officers every single day.

-- Maury Hannigan, El Dorado Hills, former commissioner, California Highway Patrol

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