As we mark National Police Week from May 11 to 18, I’d like to share “Good Cops ‘on the Take,’ ” which appears from time to time in various police publications:
First, they take the oath …
Then they take it in stride when people call them pigs.
They take time to stop and talk to children.
They take your verbal abuse while giving you a ticket you really deserve.
They take on individuals you would be afraid to look at.
They take time away from family and holidays to keep you safe.
They take your injured child to the hospital.
They take the graveyard shift without complaint.
They take their life into their hands daily, rushing in while you rush out.
They take the job no one else wants.
They take in sights that would make you cry.
They take memories to bed each night that others couldn’t bear for one day. Sometimes they cry, too, but they take it anyway because they have to.
If lucky, they take retirement. Sometimes they take a bullet.
Then one day, they pay for all they have taken and God takes them home.
The writer is a retired Westwood, N.J., police officer.