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Letter: Profiling is part of law enforcement

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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 4:25 pm

Upon viewing several TV shows developed on the basis of “profiling”, one would query the constant criticism directed at police profiling. Unless law enforcement witnesses the “smoking gun” or catches the perpetrator(s) walking out the door, most criminal investigations start with profiling, whether the ‘politically correct’ officials wish to admit it or not.

Profiling is an integral part of successful law enforcement. Law enforcement personnel become familiar, through training and experience, with habits, cultural values/ethics and quirks of the different factions making up our society, be they white, brown, yellow or black.

If the FBI and other law enforcement entities are permitted their “profiling units,” then why is profiling by front-line, first-defense beat officers deemed unconstitutional? Trust me, after 40 years in the trenches, call it what one may, but “profiling” is the root to most successful investigations and the majority of crimes wouldn’t be solved without the process taking place.

B. Jones

Queen Creek

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