Northwest NEWS

November 23, 1998

Editorial

Officers are doing a great job, but teens need a place to get together

During a terribly stormy night last Friday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., I was privileged to do a four-hour ride along with Officer Craig Barnes of the Woodinville police. This was just one requirement of a 13-week course at the Citizen's Patrol Academy.

   Officer Barnes sure earns his money! In four hours, we had two 911 calls, attempted break-ins, traffic violations, fighting teenagers, and suspicious parked cars. This was all going on at the same time he was checking the backs of businesses with his searchlight, hitting all four boundaries of the city.

   It really opened my eyes to see so many young people out and about after midnight and in such bad weather. Maybe some enterprising person can come up with a place for our teenagers to congregate inside, instead of roaming around the stores of Woodinville and getting into mischief?

   My thanks once again to Officer Barnes and the Citizen's Academy.

Richard L. Lynch, Woodinville