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Patting lawmen on the back

As I begin my column this week, I'd like to say a big "Thank You" to our area law enforcement friends. They have been extremely busy of late investigating a number of crimes throughout Thomson and McDuffie County.

They work long, hard hours, like many people do. Their workloads appear to be getting bigger and bigger with each passing day.

As a reporter who happens to cover a lot of crime stories around these parts, I know their jobs are often thankless ones. I think we need to tip our hats to them sometimes and thank them for the job they do. They, like others who perform their jobs above and beyond the call of duty, deserve a pat on the back, sometimes.

Our local law enforcement agencies had a big day at work last Friday when for the second time in less than a year, a bank robbery suspect was apprehended here.

The pursuit of the robber went from Richmond County and through Columbia County before continuing into McDuffie County, where the suspect was arrested.

Deputies and investigators from those three counties, as well as state troopers and FBI agents did a terrific job in catching this robbery suspect. And they did it without anyone getting hurt.

Some would say, "just another day at the office." But that wasn't the case.

Those involved in the pursuit of the suspect along Interstate 20 were careful in how they executed their plan to get their man.

The same was true in how authorities with the Thomson Police Department and McDuffie County Sheriff's Department worked to solve a residential break-in last week on Huntley Circle.

That particular case has led to five men being arrested. There's even a chance the case might lead to other crimes being solved in the area and possibly other arrests.

I applaud the efforts of those involved in solving that crime. And I hope they can find a way to solve several other crimes in our community, too.

The people committing crimes in our city and county deserve only one place, in my opinion - jail. They have broken the law. And they deserve to be punished.

That's where other officials come into play in our community - those involved in our judicial process. Our court officials all do a heck of a job and deserve to be applauded, too, for their outstanding contributions.

Web posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009

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