Friday, February 19, 2010

Visible weapon effective deterrent

Had lunch recently with a good friend, a plainclothes detective with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

We sat side by side at the counter, shooting the breeze and enjoying our cheeseburgers, so it wasn't until it was time to go I noticed it.

The holstered weapon on his right hip.

It wasn't a surprise. I've known the man for years.

Seeing the weapon was reassuring.

A deterrent to others, too.

What brings it to mind is the recent switch in private security agencies by some subdivisions in Lakewood Ranch.

Read more in Sunday's Mannix About Manatee.

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