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Put Marines in charge of base security

Natalie Atkinson Uncasville

Publication: The Day

Published 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 01/02/2013 04:46 PM

About the problems the Naval Submarine Base is having with its civilian officers enforcing state and federal laws ("Submarine base security's role is focus of internal dispute," published Dec. 23); the solution is simple. Use retired police officers to patrol the base grounds; they know all the traffic laws. Use the civilians to uphold security positions. It doesn't take much to stop a car or tell someone "no" and escort them off the base.

The biggest mistake they ever made was to pull the Marines out and replace them with rent-a-cops.

As a Navy wife who has been coming on and off the base for the past 40 years, the only time I had a problem was when I parked in a no-parking area to deliver a Familygram, (a three-minute trip,) and the parking lot was full of other wives parked to do the same.

One of those sharp-eyed Marines ticketed me.You can believe I was shaking in my boots till my court date. Since it was my first offense, I had to promise to never do it again with a warning that next time my car would be towed.

Pull it together people, it's not rocket science.

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