Why would a law enforcement dispatcher fail to send HELP to two women stranded in a pool of water on the roadway, especially after being told that a 71-year-old woman, with a knee injury, was in the vehicle and need assistance getting out of the car? The person at the dispatch center was also told that the vehicle had stalled and that water was coming into the passenger compartment. At this point it appears the dispatcher, with great calm, told the caller to call a tow truck, which the lady did but apparently none responded.

Finally after some time a police officer did stop and offer them a ride. He took them to the Safeway parking lot in Seaside, told them that he had other things to do, dropped them off cold, wet and alone, to take care of themselves from there on.

I am dumbfounded. I thought the number one job for law enforcement was to protect life and property. If this is so, how could a peace officer, on a rainy cold December night, drop both women off at a Safeway parking lot — one, an injured elderly woman — and tell them to call a cab. I’m stunned.

It appears to me the appropriate thing to have done on a rainy and cold night would have been to take them to the Seaside Police Station and let them make a phone call to a friend for help. Shouldn’t this be part of an officer’s training?

Samuel Patrick


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