A Cop On the Take ...
First he takes ... the oath.
Now look at what else he takes:
He takes ... it in stride when people call him pig.
He takes ... his lousy paycheck realizing he'll never be rich.
He takes ... a second job sometimes to make ends meet and support
He takes ... time to stop and talk to children.
He takes ... your verbal abuse while giving you a ticket you really
He takes ... on creeps you would be afraid to even look at.
He takes ... time away from his family to keep you safe.
He takes ... your injured child to the hospital.
He takes ... the graveyard shift without complaint because it's
He takes ... his life into his hands daily.
He takes ... you home when your car breaks down.
He takes ... time to explain why both your headlights have to work.
He takes ... the job no one else wants -- telling you a loved one
He takes ... criminals to jail.
He takes ... in sights that would make you cry.
Sometimes he cries too, but he takes it anyway because someone has
He takes ... memories to bed each night that you couldn't bear for
even one day.
He takes ... time to explain to his family why he can't make the
ball game his child is in and why he has to work on the holiday
when other parents are off.
Sometimes ... he takes a bullet.
And yes, occasionally ... he may take a free cup of coffee.
If he is lucky ... he takes retirement.
Then one day he pays for all he has taken ... and God takes him.
NOTE: An LACP reader from Florida sent us the following:
According to the Florida PBA website "Cop On The Take" was written
by Texas Police Officer Kendricks as a tribute to his late brother,
Police Officer Rodney Kendricks, who died from injuries suffered
in an on-duty auto accident in Lubbock, Texas - July 2001.
I think this should be added to his wonderful dedication tribute
and work you have on your web site.