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OSN EDITORIAL Selinsgrove Police Need to Give Info to Public

May 5, 2016

By Hilde Kate Lysiak

The front page story for the May issue of the Orange Street News is about how the vandal who has been terrorizing our community may have been caught. The police did a great job in catching the suspect and hopefully ending his reign of terror, but why did it take police so long to just give the suspects name to the media?
The people of Selinsgrove have a right to know who is destroying their property in a normal amount of time.
After the arrest of the alleged vandal I was at the police station every day for a week. Some days I waited for over an hour. Still, the police refused to give me the name.
Finally, ten days after the arrest they finally handed me a piece of paper with the name of the person they alleged is responsible for the vandalism.
Ten days! Chief Tom Garlock told the OSN that police caught the vandal in the act of pulling up the plants so what kind of investigation would it have bothered? The suspect wasn’t a minor so that couldn’t have been the reason. Ten days is too long to keep the public in the dark!
The OSN asked the police why they wouldn’t give out the information sooner but —shocker — the police weren’t available for comment!
The police in Selinsgrove need to remember that they work for the people. The people don’t work for the police.

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