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July 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Lack of judgment in security decision by the State Patrol in billing issue

The most disturbing aspect of this situation with the Veterans Affairs was the part regarding the Washington State Patrol removing the computer interface that allows the VA security to access the criminal database for information about contacts [“Lapses plague security forces at local VA facilities,” Local News, July 28]. This seems to be an incredible action for the WSP to take.

The way I understand this is that the WSP put the public and the VA security guards in danger over a billing matter. Having information about contacts is central to any interaction with suspicious characters.  To withhold this vital tool is incredibly stupid, especially when it comes from a law-enforcement agency such as the WSP.

The WSP has a primary duty to protect the public and their fellow law-enforcement personnel.  The State Patrol is paid by the taxpayer for this and has an obligation to the taxpayer.  To endanger both over “payment” is a total lack of judgement on the part of whoever made this decision and whoever signed off on it.  Both entities are taxpayer supported, with the identical mission. For one to impede the other over money is a travesty that shows a lack of intelligence and judgement by whoever participated in this decision.

Whoever is involved in this decision should be named and reprimanded, if not demoted.  They have clearly been advanced beyond their ability.

Dirk Roberts, Seattle

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