What can be more Spring-like that cleaning out stuff? We were glad to see the annual Junk-B-Gone as successful as it was, and we’re glad to see that because people pitched in to pitch out.

It’s good to pitch out, get rid of the old. Spring cleaning indeed.

For the want of a dog

Let this be the first editorial signal that we not only encourage the City of Clinton to get a Police Dog, but encourage what we understand are forthcoming efforts for the city to get one.

As we have pointed out in this space in the past, with all the traffic coming through town every day on that major artery we know as “65,” it is, ultimately, only reasonable to suspect there’s things passing through which are illegal, which the driver of the vehicle the things are in would just as soon we not be aware, and which a trained dog could sniff out and alert its handler. Should the be effective enough, we can further assume word among the unsavory types would go out and “Stay out of Clinton” would be the word on the street - making life better for all of us.

After all, as much as we encourage people to stop by, visit and enjoy what the county has to offer, the sort of people which carry things we need police dogs to find out about, those we’d just as soon not come around.

We understand the plan, still in the formative stages, is for donations to drive the acquisition of what will ultimately be a new officer. And the reader should understand the dog itself is only part of the cost. The equipment for the dog, including specialty equipment in the assigned police car (truck, SUV) has an expense, and need, of its own. The point being monies will be needed by way of donations to equip. Anticipate this space, as this thing gets put in place, being used to encourage donations.

One final note: When we first heard about the police dog and the benefits of interdicting smugglers on 65, we had the idea that the dog could, through the benefit of civil forfeiture, pay its own way.

“This is great!” we thought. “The dog catches a car load of drugs, Clinton police get the car and whatever else is lying around, sell it at auction, dog food for years!” because we’re smart and forward thinking like that.

Cooler heads prevailed. Law enforcement as a profit-taking enterprise is fraught with peril, we were cautioned, not the least being when revenue becomes more important than public safety. Law enforcement, we were reminded, is in the cause of public safety. Law enforcement is not a business opened each day with the hope of cash registers ringing.

So okay, get a dog, enforce the law, increase community safety. Revenue is a different issue, and one you can expect us to ask for your help in providing in time to come to the City of Clinton Police can get a police dog.

Luke 6: 27-31 (NIV)

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.