Three years ago, I moved to Galveston with a dream to live in a community, rich in culture and diversity, but my dream became a nightmare when my neighbors turned out to be crystal meth addicts, prostitutes, thieves and individuals abusing Section 8 housing.
Endless obscenities, domestic violence, child abuse, drug dealings and addicts desperate for their next fix, as well as having my life and property threatened, became my new reality.
Thankfully, my peace and safety was eventually restored, but this was not accomplished without the aid of many concerned citizens, City Councilman Craig Brown and, most especially, our dedicated police and narcotics officers.
I am ashamed that previously I only considered police as someone who might give me a ticket, but as I got to know these outstanding individuals who were willing to risk their lives every day to ensure my safety, I developed a deep respect and gratitude for them. I saw firsthand the dangerous encounters they face and their dire need for more officers.
The citizens of this island can still have the dream of a good life, but only by supporting our police officers who serve and protect us.