Apologies for being late on this. An editorial in the Globe Wednesday criticized the state’s Environmental Police for killing bear in Newton on Sunday.

Good law enforcement — no matter the jurisdiction — requires the use of the least amount of force to get the job done. And all officers are required to maintain their weapons in good working order at all times. The Environmental Police failed the public — and the state’s wildlife — in these critical areas. The result was a sad and unnecessary death of a blameless creature.