Thank a cop

I was just doing a little online reading when I came across this local article, from a new column called “Ask a cop” — Good reading to help us remember things to be thankful for. Here’s one:

I’m thankful to the citizens who come up to us and thank us for the job we do and say a few kind words. We may act tough on the outside, but we can never hear too many compliments. I don’t know if it’s just the holidays approaching, but as I have been doing my job, several people have walked by and given my a kind nod and smile or a thank you. I was however, directing traffic and not issuing a citation, which may have had something to do with it.

So let me just add to my list for today. Thank you for all the police officers and their families. Unlike other public safety workers, we’re seldom thankful to see the police. But I’m sure glad they’re there, doing what they do. And I say that as someone who has been pulled over and ticketed twice. I also say that as someone whose store’s alarm system went off one night and got to wait while the police went in first to make sure it was safe. Yes, that’s just what they do. Thank heaven they do it.

We’re getting in the habit of thanking soldiers, but let’s not forget the police (and the fire, ambulance, paramedics and other first-responders). They do one heck of an all-too-often-thankless job. God bless them