by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Mass shootings across the nation, and accusations of police shooting innocent people, makes police officers nervous even in Wellington. There are advantages to small town living, and perhaps the lack of major violence is one of those advantages as shootings and mass demonstrations have not made their way to the city.
Police Chief Tracy Heath said he believes the police in Wellington have a good relationship with the community, but they are still keeping their eyes open.
“You never know,” Heath said. “I hope we never experience anything like that, but it does cause me to evaluate our training, review our equipment, and to remind our officers to always be alert and pay attention to their surroundings.”
He believes a lot of misinformation is spread by social media, and feels that is the driving force behind a lot of violence across the nation.