On a recent evening I had the honor of spending five hours with the Golden Valley Police Department.
During a five-hour ride-along, I gained insight into the commitment, given each and every hour, by the dedicated men and women serving on the police force. Willingly, they create a safe and secure environment for us to raise our children within, conduct our business and go about our daily activities.
The police officers continually expose themselves to situations that are unpredictable and potentially personally harmful. All of this is done with professionalism and an ever-present badge of selflessness.
From this day forward when I, or any other community member sees an officer of the law, it is my hope that we will pause for a moment in thanks and appreciation for the service provided us by these wonderful individuals in our community.