In the story "Delay in clearing pot grow criticized" (Oct. 5, Page A-1), a citizen identified as "Jamie" voiced her frustration over why it took so long and why the process was so difficult for law enforcement to bust a suspected illegal marijuana grow at an address just a 1,000 feet from a school.
Officials explained that the Merced Police Department staff was significantly reduced -- from 111 to 84 -- hundreds of tips must be reviewed and the various rules, regulations and the law must be followed. These were not offered as excuses but rather an honest attempt to remain transparent.
We need more concerned citizens like Jamie to step forward and take a proactive interest in our community. Without the support and understanding of our citizens law enforcement would become ineffective.