Saturday, February 24, 2007
Blaber comments on Kingston Police Officer Kevin Nace
As you all have heard Kingston Police officer Kevin Nace was suspended without pay for buying a substance he thought was cocaine, and that is what should happen. However their is also a chance that Officer Nace will be fired, I think this is wrong and over the top. Officer Nace is a decorated officer and just last week received an accommodation for his role in stopping a burglary. Officer Nace was buying what he thought was drugs for personal use and was off duty at the time. I think that Officer Nace should obviously receive help for his addiction and attend mandatory follow up services, such as NA. I also think he should be allowed to keep his job when he is clean and sober. Substance abuse is an addiction and a disease and should be treated as such. Police Chief Jerry Keller was quoted as saying if an officer fails a drug test their are last chance opportunities, such as getting treatment. He said that buying drugs was a different story then failing a drug test, I respectfully disagree. However someone acquires drugs they do so in an illegal manner, so their is no real difference. I do not serve on the police commission and am basing information solely on what I have read, and I will respect the decision of the police commission, the chief, and the Mayor, but I hope this officer can get the treatment he needs and continue to serve on the force, and do as good of a job as he has thus far.
Posted by Jeremy Blaber at 7:36 PM