Even when somebody does something good for the world, there are going to be people who complain or find fault. To coin a phrase, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Here are a couple of examples:

First, it’s not uncommon for law enforcement agencies to post on social media some of the positive things they do in the community. For instance, National Night Out and Shop with a Cop are activities law enforcement will promote.

The Oconto Police Department recently was criticized for making those types of posts on its Facebook page. The person doing the criticizing said the police should not expect praise or recognition for “just doing their job.”

It seems some people have too much time on their hands, or are just plain petty, if that’s all they have to complain about.

The Oconto PD defended itself in a post by stating that the events it promotes are all voluntary and officers are not on duty or getting paid for taking part.

“We do not expect recognition for doing our job, which is why we don’t post every arrest we make, drug dealer we charge, citizen we transport for mental health treatment, stolen vehicle we recover, drunk driver we stop, etc.,” the department said in its post.

The Oconto PD went on to say that it doesn’t share those type of things to get praise, but rather to show how wonderful of a community it lives in and the strong bond between citizens and public safety.

Although we don’t believe the police department needed to explain itself, the department did so in a very well-worded post. Others agreed as the post received more than 2,000 likes, generated more than 500 comments (all positive as far as we can tell) and was shared nearly 350 times.

The post concluded by stating, “We look forward to continuing these programs in years to come.”

Hats off to the Oconto PD. Keep up the good work.

Another example of someone raining on a good deed also involved law enforcement and social media. A photo of a Marinette County Sheriff’s Office squad car parked in a handicapped spot was circulated on social media. The department believes it was made with “the apparent intent of damaging the relationship between law enforcement and our community.”

The sheriff’s office, borrowing from the late Paul Harvey, posted “the rest of the story” on Facebook. It states that a deputy provided transportation to a private medical facility for a disabled individual who was experiencing mobility issues.

It further states the transport was done after normal business hours with multiple handicap parking spaces remaining available.

“We are proud of our deputy who exercised compassion while providing a service to this individual at their time of need,” the post reads.

Most of the comments praised the deputy for helping out a citizen. A couple of people who replied believe the deputy should never park in a handicap spot, regardless of the circumstances.

With the facts available to us, we believe the deputy did nothing wrong. In fact, the deputy went above and beyond to help an individual.

Law enforcement officers get plenty of negative publicity. In some cases, it is warranted. But let’s not go nitpicking just to make officers look bad.