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2015-02-26 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

RIDE ALONG — In this past week’s Citizen Police Academy class, I had the privilege of participating in a ride along with West Seneca Police Patrol Lt. John Mc- Namara.

Initially, I was shocked, and a little intimidated, by how much technology patrolmen are required to operate while on the road.

Patrolmen spend the majority of their time looking around while driving, keeping an eye out for any trouble they may need to investigate while also checking each passing car’s registration, head and taillights and general manner of driving.

You often hear that policemen hand out as many tickets as they can justify. From what I learned, this is far from true.

A few tips from the lieutenant on what a patrol officer’s eye is trained to notice led me to see a reason to ticket many cars and drivers, none of which were stopped while we were driving around. McNamara said it would be easy to give out 10 tickets in one patrol shift, but that’s not his objective.

Patrolmen are the first to notice when something has gone wrong and are often the first called to a scene. Their job on the streets is to keep an eye out for problems they can solve — to keep order as people travel about their day.

Tickets are given based on the officer’s judgment, according to McNamara, and the way a driver responds to being stopped typically dictates the end result. So be courteous to the officers on the road and know you will only see their flashing lights if there is good reason.

SIGNS OF SPRING — Hospice Buffalo, a wonderful organization that does so much good throughout the community, will be holding its annual spring bouquet sale. With the area still being blanketed in snow, everyone should be especially glad this year to see flowers.

Bouquets will be available for purchase for $8 from March 4 through 7, with the proceeds benefiting hospice care. The bouquets will be available at all Erie County First Niagara branches, select Wendy’s locations, Raymour & Flanigan stores, participating florists, hospitals, the Hospice Mitchell Campus in Cheektowaga, public buildings and area businesses.

More than 450 companies and schools as well as more than 600 community volunteers assist with the bouquet sale. Since its inception, the sale has raised more than $4.7 million to support hospice care for Erie County patients and families.

For more information on bouquet sale locations, visit www.hospicespringbou quetsale.com, or call the Hospice Foundation at 686-8090.

BUSINESS NEWS — Do you have business news you’d like to share? Maybe you or someone at your company, was recently promoted to a new position? Perhaps your business has reached a milestone anniversary. If so, The Bee will publish the information on our business page.

Email me at jwaters@beenews.com or mail to The West Seneca Bee, 5564 Main St., Buffalo NY 14221-5410.

WHAT’S GOING ON? — In every edition we publish free of charge a calendar listing different events going on in the community. If you’d like to submit an item, please send it to me at one of the above addresses or call 204-4922.

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