On behalf of the hardworking men and women of the Nassau County Police Department who put their lives on the line every day protecting the residents from criminals, I take offense at the cartoon depicting a police officer “payroll,” dressed as a masked gun-toting criminal, holding up taxpayers [Opinion, Dec. 22].

You can disagree with police payrolls without making village police officers look like criminals. It reflects on officers in every jurisdiction.

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Police officers protect residents from those who use guns and other means to commit crimes. Keep in mind that just over a year ago two NYPD police officers were assassinated by a crazed gunman.

James Carver, Mineola

Editor’s note: The writer is president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association.