Opinion Your Views — 07 August 2014
Detective Julie Goble did right by us

By Mark Hemingway, Alexandria
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To the editor:

Almost two years ago, our house in Rosemont was robbed.
We were burgled on a Friday afternoon and the man responsible was arrested the following Monday. My wife and I instantly were impressed by the effort of detective Julie Goble, who was very efficient in canvassing the neighborhood, not to mention in her work directing the other officers looking for evidence around our house.

We were even more impressed by the fact that she got the right result so quickly and was able to bring the man who robbed us to justice, as well as recover a few of our stolen items.

My wife and I have subsequently told many of our neighbors in Alexandria of our remarkable encounter with the local police department, and never fail to credit Goble and her conduct specifically.

We remain grateful.

So it was altogether shocking to read the article in the Alexandria Times about her demotion and gender discrimination lawsuit (“Officer sues police department for discrimination, harassment,” July 17).

Having dealt with her professionally, the treatment of her strikes us as unfair to say the least. My wife and I would gladly testify to her obvious competence.

Our experience suggests that the Alexandria Police Department has made a grave mistake that needs to be rectified.

 

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  1. TO THE EDITOR:

    ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO MY HUSBAND AND I WERE HOME ASLEEP WHEN A BURGULAR CAME INTO OUR HOME AND STOLED MOSTLY JEWELRY A COUPLE OF CELL PHONES ETC. WE (MY HUSBAND AND I) WERE CLEARLY UPSET SINCE WE WOKE UP WITH A THEIF KNEELING NEXT TO OUR BED.

    THE RESPONDING OFFICERS CAME AND WE TOLD THEM THAT THE THIEF LEFT BEHIND A PEICE OF EVIDENCE. ONE OF THE MALE OFFICERS ASKED ME WHAT DID I WANT HIM TO DO WITH IT? I SAID MAYBE YOU CAN GET FINGERPRINTS FROM IT. HIS RESPONSE WAS LESS THAN DESIRABLE AS HE PROCEEDED TO TELL ME I WATCH TO MUCH LAW & ORDER….. REALLY!

    WHEN DET GOBLE CAME SHE RECONIZED THAT WE WERE SHAKEN AN ASK US TO TELL HER WHAT HAPPEN. WE DID. AT SOME POINT I MENTIONED TO HER THAT THE RESPONDING OFFICER THAT WAS THERE HAD TAKEN INTO EVIDENCE WHAT WAS LEFT BEHIND BY THE THEIF. SHE HAD LATER DISCOVERED THEY HAD THROWN IT AWAY. YES THAT RIGHT! TRASHED! THROUGH ALL THIS SHE WAS STILL ABLE TO TRACK DOWN THE THEIF & WITHIN A FEW DAYS RECOVER SOME OF MY PROPERTY. CASE WAS CLOSED AND THE THEIF WENT TO JAIL. SHE KEPT US INFORMED AND WAS COMPLETLY PROFESSIONAL. WHAT SHE DID WAS LIKE FINDING A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK THE SIZE OF THE ENTIRE ALEXANDRIA AREA. I REMAIN COMPLETLEY AMAZED AT HER EFFORTS AND WILL BE FOREVER GRATFUL FOR EVERYTHING SHE DID!
    ITS VERY SAD TO READ THE ARTICAL IN THE ALEXANDRIA TIMES ABOUT HER DEMOTION AND GENDER DISCRIMINATION. SHE’S WAS A GOOD COP IN THE MIDST OF OTHERS WITH BAD JOKES AT A RAW TIME IN OUR LIFE (i.e. Law & Order) AND I CERTIANLY HOPE THAT THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA CORRECTS THIS OBVIOUS MISTAKE AND MAKES IT RIGHT FOR A DETECTIVE WHO ACTUALLY CAN GET THE JOB DONE

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