Allegheny County District Attorney Steven A. Zappala Jr. attacked the Allegheny County Police for not being aggressive in drug and narcotic violations (“DA Says County Not Doing Enough on Drug Front,” Nov. 14). What Mr. Zappala fails to mention is that the county police vice and narcotics unit was reduced from a onetime high of 24 detectives decades ago to a present paltry six officers.
Mr. Zappala proposes hiring five more investigators for his office. He is the prosecutor and should be independent from enforcement. He needs to be objective.
County council can aid in drug enforcement by allocating more funds to increase the county police narcotics unit. We don’t need another county agency overlapping in the same area. In the past, county narcotics detectives worked as a task force by saturating problem areas in conjunction with local police departments.
Mr. Zappala has in the past wasted large sums of taxpayers’ money through grandiose programs such as regional booking centers and mobile crime units, both of which failed. Please, Mr. Zappala, stick to prosecuting.
ROBERT N. YOUNG
The writer is a retired Allegheny County Police detective.