“Your families are as important your jobs. Give them the same attention you are giving your jobs.”These were the words of Lillian van Wyk, deputy cluster commander, who was addressing 70 officers from Woodstock Police Station during a medal parade held at the town hall on Tuesday 13 March.She said police tend to be too committed to serving their communities to the extent that they sacrifice family time to do overtime work. “We have people who also need us. If we do not care and give them the attention they deserve, who would we go home to? Always remember, you are also loved and have a life like everybody else,” Van Wyk emphasised.However, she urged them to continue carrying out the work of the station with dignity. “Today you are here because you have served the station with loyalty, and management wants to encourage you to continue doing your jobs with pride.”These officers received medals of appreciation for the work they do for the community.They were recognised in different categories including participation in the 2010 World Cup and for 10, 20 and 30 years of service.The management and local council applauded them.Ward councillor, Dave Bryant, said the community of Woodstock has always had faith in the service of their officers. He thanked them while urging the public to meet the police halfway by reporting crimes or giving leads where applicable.Captain Sammy Selaocoe, one of the medal recipients, said he felt honoured and inspired by the recognition. He said the life of a police officer in this generation is challenging. Selaocoe said being a police officer requires passion, cautiousness and hard work.He encouraged the youth who would like to become officers to get an education and have a love for serving people and not just think about the uniform and salaries.