The Torrington Police Department has had to get involved in politics this week.
Over the last couple of weekends, the department has received several reports from community members who have had their political signs stolen or vandalized.
The department has also investigated multiple incidents of politically-motivated graffiti that has damaged public property in Torrington. Police believe these incidents have happened during the late evening and early morning hours.
“Just because our political candidates don’t get along, doesn’t mean we can’t take care of each other,” the department said in the post. “The constitutional freedoms that allow us to express ourselves and support political candidates of our choosing are important parts of our democracy.”
The post added that if the community and world at large wanted to continue enjoying those constitutional freedoms, people must maintain an environment that allows for health discussions, “rather than trying to drown out opinions that are different than our own.”
The department is asking for the community’s help in addressing the crimes, adding people should call 911 (if there is an emergency) or the non-emergency line to report information about the vandalizations.