A recent letter to-the-editor charged that Highlands Police Department did not show proper respect to the family at the funeral of a former Highlands police officer. The whole story was not told. In fact, Highlands Officers Castle, Dowdle and Reynolds were at the funeral dressed in full uniform, and I attended the funeral as the Mayor of Highlands.
Furthermore, 25 regional law enforcement agencies have been consulted by our staff concerning the funeral protocols for honoring current and former officers. That policy is being drafted and will be presented to the Town of Highlands Board of Commissioners for their review.
Prior to becoming Mayor of Highlands, I worked for ten years with law enforcement agencies as a Macon County Magistrate. I can assure everyone, Highlands has the most professional and best trained police department that the town has ever had. Highlands officers, like all area law enforcement officers, strive for the highest levels of integrity and service to the community.
Patrick Taylor, Mayor of Highlands