Sometimes you're better off just saying thank you

new york state police logoFrom the the local troop of the New York State Police today:

On Sunday December 2, Trooper Christopher Maniscalco was answering a complaint in the town of Guilderland.
While completing the call, Trooper Maniscalco was approached by a woman who asked if he was busy.
Trooper Maniscalco responded that he had a few moments and the woman proceeded to tell him, "Trooper I always see you around, doing a good job and wanted to say Merry Christmas and thank you."
The woman handed him a holiday card, Trooper Maniscalco thanked the woman and went back to his call.
After his shift, Trooper Maniscalco remembered the card and opened it.
Inside, was a quote and $1,000 cash.

As you're probably guessing right now, State Police aren't allowed to accept such a gift. (And of course, as everyone knows, 15% is the standard tip on a police call.) So they're trying to figure out who the woman was so the money can be directed as a donation to a charity.

Details post jump.

By the way: Here's the NYS law for state officials and public employees for outside compensation and accepting gifts. It's 18 pages long.

Troop G trying to track down generous donor
On Sunday December 2, Trooper Christopher Maniscalco was answering a complaint in the town of Guilderland.
While completing the call, Trooper Maniscalco was approached by a woman who asked if he was busy.
Trooper Maniscalco responded that he had a few moments and the woman proceeded to tell him, "Trooper I always see you around, doing a good job and wanted to say Merry Christmas and thank you."
The woman handed him a holiday card, Trooper Maniscalco thanked the woman and went back to his call.
After his shift, Trooper Maniscalco remembered the card and opened it.
Inside, was a quote and $1,000 cash.
Unfortunately, by law, the State Police cannot accept such a gift and need the woman to identify specifically where she would like the donation to go.
State Police are asking for the public's help in identifying this woman, in hopes of directing her donation and to thank her for her generous gift.
She is described as a woman in her early to mid 40s, blonde hair, 5'8", possibly driving a blue/gray minivan.
The complaint where the trooper originally responded was in the area of Oak Tree Lane in Guilderland.
If you know the woman, you are asked to contact SP Latham at 518-793-3211.

Comments

I'd imagine that she'd be pleased if Troop G would select a needy organization. Personally, I'd like to see Albany City Mission receive the money.

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