I read with interest the letter from Dr. Cummings of Roswell Park relating the numerous infractions on sales of tobacco uncovered by the police departments in Cheektowaga and Tonawanda. I am also aware of a program in Buffalo that involves two policemen visiting retail stores that sell cigarettes and/or tobacco products to instruct these retailers of the laws of the State of New York.
While undercover policemen were collaring retailers for Class B misdemeanors in Cheektowaga, an armored car was robbed of $1.5 million.
If someone wants to get out a message, run an advertisement, or get a group of volunteers. But under no circumstances should the policemen be taken from their basic responsibility to serve and protect.