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POLICE: Thanks to Chief White, officers

| March 31, 2024 1:00 AM

In today’s climate, where law enforcement often faces more criticism than praise, I felt compelled to write a letter of gratitude to Chief Lee White and his dedicated officers at the Coeur d’Alene Police Dept.

Residing on a street adjacent to the Centennial Trail, we encounter unique challenges. While our street is an access point to the trail, it’s a cul-de-sac with no outlet. Despite obvious signage, some motorists overlook the notice, leading them to trespass on private property. Seeing no way out, some speed back to the entrance. 

Then, for some inexplicable reason, a sizeable number opt to drive over the curb or median, onto the trail as if it were a thoroughfare. Such reckless behavior endangers pedestrians and cyclists. Unfortunately, this occurs too frequently. One day, someone will be injured or worse.

When police are called, they respond quickly and look for these “trailblazers.” Chief White’s proactive approach to focus on prevention rather than reaction fosters a significant sense of security among Coeur d’Alene residents. It also forges a positive relationship between law enforcement and the public.

On behalf of my street’s residents, I sincerely thank the officers who promptly respond. Chief White, thank you; your leadership philosophy not only sets a high standard but also inspires morale among your team. Please continue your commendable efforts.

I urge everyone to take a moment to express gratitude to law enforcement officers whenever the opportunity arises. A simple “thank you” can significantly uplift the spirits of those who tirelessly serve our community.

And to all the brave men and women in law enforcement, please stay safe as you continue your vital work.


President, Bellerive HOA

Coeur d’Alene