The North Bergen Police Department received a candid photograph from a citizen who witnessed a police officer crossing an elderly lady during an off-duty traffic detail.
The officer is the photo is Lt. Otoniel Cruz. Cruz began his career with the NBPD in 2003 and is a graduate of the Passaic County Police Academy.
Prior to joining the North Bergen Police Department, Cruz served with the Hudson County Juvenile Corrections Department, Hudson County Corrections Department and NJ State Corrections from 1996-2003.
"Little did he (the photographer) know, he would also capture the poignant moment of Lt. Cruz receiving a kiss as payment for his assistance," states the NBPD Facebook page. "Community Policing is paramount and the true reward of this profession."