Ignorance of the Law
We're often told Ignorance of the law is no excuse - so what happens when the officers who uphold the law are themselves ignorant? After the fiasco with the officer the other day, the caregiver went down again to the police station yesterday which was really wonderful of her. I can understand she was tired after being put off. I had called the station and the person in charge said that there was no problem filing a report.
So the volunteer goes in the evening yesterday and the officer whom I spoke to is not there. She asks to file a report anyway and was turned away AGAIN - they told her yet again to go to SPCA. The volunteer was well prepared this time - she took out her statute and showed it to them, but according to her, the officer told her to go call the SPCA anyway because they wouldn't investigate!
I called to speak to the officer today but he was not on duty. I spoke to yet another officer, who again had NO idea that you can file a report for abandonment. When I quoted the statute, he checked with his supervisor who said that the volunteer could file a report.
I called the volunteer and told her the officer would be waiting to take her report at a certain time and told her to call if there was a problem. I didn't hear from her this afternoon, and so I've dropped her an email this evening. Hope it finally went well. If not who can blame her for not wanting to file a report?