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River outfitters decry presence of DPS troopers

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 11:02 pm

Two River Road outfitters told Comal County commissioners Thursday that too many Department of Public Safety troopers patrolling the tubing and river recreation mecca along the Guadalupe River over the Memorial Day Weekend scared away customers.

The outfitters, Paul Rich of Mountain Breeze Campground and Johnnie Bezdek of Bezdek’s Rentals, spoke during the citizens’ comments portion of the weekly meeting of the county’s governing body.

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  • dave940 posted at 11:36 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    dave940 Posts: 17

    Major holidays always attract people from cities large and small and with that the holiday garners people from all walks of life including, CRIMINAL ELEMENTS. Having spent a career in law enforcement and outdoor recreation management, I know that DUI’s are only a part of the officer’s responsibility to serve and protect. I can assure you that without the presence of our officers, all recreational resources have the potential to attract undesirables that threaten the safety and wellbeing of families and fun loving people. Hats off the DPS – keep up the good work.

  • Phoebe posted at 9:21 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    Phoebe Posts: 37

    An ounce of prevention.

    Kids see the cops and become aware that their behavior is being monitored.

    Kids + Booze = Cops. Sounds perfect. Helps keep the fun time, fun vs. deadly.

  • NBTaxpayer posted at 6:36 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    NBTaxpayer Posts: 1412

    Outfitters needs to focus on their business & let law enforcement focus & do law enforcement!

    Now when the outfitters have any problems or suffer a crime they want more law enforcement real quick!

  • NBTaxpayer posted at 2:56 pm on Sat, May 31, 2014.

    NBTaxpayer Posts: 1412

    Bravo to Commissioners...Bravo to the State of Texas DPS for their efforts!

    FACT - Commissioners do NOT have to justify or take complaints or respond to same as this is an area where the State of Texas has jurisdiction & law enforcement powers!

    FACT - Once again The State of Texas has control of ALL Texas waters to include The Comal & Guadalupe Rivers!

    FACT - If you do not like being around police then maybe YOU are doing something wrong or planning to do something wrong!

    go to the beaches & you will find police or state troopers on patrol!

    Frankly The City needs to REQUEST that State of Texas DPS patrol the Comal & Guadalupe Rivers INSIDE The City Limits since both rivers are the responsibility & under the jurisdiction of The State of Texas!

    Alston once again you have made excellent observations & comments!

    IMHO I & many others prefer that any & all drivers actually see & know that there is a strong police presence so as to keep stupid drivers from getting any more stupid due to booze & or substance use & abuse!

    Rivers & roads are safer & so are all in the area!

    Outfitters complaints are way out of line...

  • Phoebe posted at 1:06 pm on Sat, May 31, 2014.

    Phoebe Posts: 37

    I've never understood the ongoing bitterness that exists between River Road and towne. Can't we all just get along?

  • ALSTON posted at 9:16 am on Sat, May 31, 2014.

    ALSTON Posts: 1368

    Has it ever occurred to anyone that it's easier to stop a DWI BEFORE, rather than after the vehicle moves? A hefty police presence tends to make all but the dead drunks leery about trying to drive after imbibing. Once they leave River Road, it's too late.

  • 0022963 posted at 7:17 pm on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    0022963 Posts: 69

    If I were an outfitter I wouldn't want the business of the folks who might be scared off by cops. I was on river rd over the weekend and noticed the increased police presence. It didn't scare me off. This is just nonsensical. No sympathy here. Maybe the extra police are there to help protect others FROM your customers.

  • grannygrabber posted at 5:02 pm on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    grannygrabber Posts: 2

    I know that several people have died on River Road the last few years. However, many more had died on I35. Wonder who was patrolling that area if the DPS was assigned to River Road.

  • ALSTON posted at 10:10 am on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    ALSTON Posts: 1368

    As a former cop, I learned early on to be especially watchful of those who acted like they felt uncomfortable when a police officer was around. They usually had a reason to be uncomfortable. Do we REALLY want those kinds around? I don't.

  • Sulphurbound posted at 8:37 am on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    Sulphurbound Posts: 33

    What do the outfitters have to hide? Worried about missing a buck or two? Still showing your greed.

  • Pcakey posted at 8:22 am on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    Pcakey Posts: 4

    If you are not breaking any laws, why would DPS troopers scare you??? I welcome them being there. It protects normal acting people from the outrageous behavior of others.

  • tomlinson posted at 8:05 am on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    tomlinson Posts: 1

    They didn't say they didn't want "law enforcement". They said that the deputies and constables were doing a wonderful Job and didn't need all the additional state DPS patrols.

  • KSH3283 posted at 7:35 am on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    KSH3283 Posts: 7

    This guy says DPS troopers “should be put someplace else where they might be needed more.”
    Do you know how many people have died in wrecks on River Road? DPS got a ton of of drunk drivers off the roads this holiday and I'm sure plenty of them came from River Road.
    Only people that commit crimes are scared of the police.

  • riverguy posted at 7:06 am on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    riverguy Posts: 227

    Why would a law biding citizen be scared of a DPS trooper?

  • AtTheLake posted at 6:26 am on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    AtTheLake Posts: 197

    So the outfitters got what they wanted - reversal of the can ban. Now they don't want law enforcement either? Mr Bezdek gives no examples of the "stupid things" done by the DPS. Sounds like these outfitters truly want the drunks to take over the river again.