The Policeman's Ball
A few times a year, I get a phone call asking for donations to a policeman's ball. The idea is that the police engage in a dangerous work in the Public's behalf.
In fact, some policemen die each year in the performance of their duty. For these individuals and their families, I grieve.
Still, they took the job knowing of the risk. If I could bring them back, I most certainly would bring them back!
As to the police in general, they receive an income for services rendered. I rather doubt the majority of policemen took the job primarily because of concern for the Public's welfare. Rather, it is a job (and an honest job!). Properly discharged, that job might enable them to provide for their families until they reach retirement age.
But let's get to the point of this article... I receive phone calls, quite possibly not from the police themselves, but from groups eager to get a little money, legally, if not honestly, through the generosity of a grateful citizenry.
The money, in the eye of John Doe, is intended to provide the occasional night out, a ball, for the police.
But, I know of no other employment, other than volunteer services, that have a fund drive to provide recreational activities for its employees. I know that there is no such thing as a chemist's ball.
Plus, John Doe may receive a ticket from a policeman during the year. He may feel the ticket money is his contribution. And, to be totally honest, some have not been treated entirely fairly by a policeman. Should the police feel hurt that the public at large may not choose to give?
What about you? When you receive a phone call to contribute to some police organization, are you one who gives, or one who desists?
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