This letter is in response to the media coverage of the Santa Ana Police Department's use of federal "zero tolerance" laws.
Actually, seizure of vehicles under federal authority transporting narcotics is not new at all. For years, Santa Ana police as well as other local agencies have been seizing vehicles.
What is new is the media hype and show of force being used in place of good police work.
The police administration claims that it is flooding the crime-ridden areas with police officers. Well, what happens when the week is over? What happens to that flood of officers? Do they go out with the tides? Or do they go back to their public relations jobs, such as foot patrol?
A show of force doesn't stop the crime. It's nothing more than an inconvenience to the crooks.
What does stop crime is good old-time police work performed on an everyday basis by officers who are happy with their jobs, their working conditions and their salaries.