The Cleveland Police Foundation

The Cleveland Police Foundation is an alliance of business and civic leaders, law enforcement organizations and citizens committed to the ideal that a dedicated, well-trained police department leads to a safer community. Our mission is to strengthen the bond between members of the Cleveland Division of Police and the citizens it serves.

Blue at the Zoo

November 4 – Blue at the Zoo

The members of the Cleveland Division of Police risk their lives to protect us each day. Blue at the Zoo is the Cleveland Police Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event. Proceeds from this event benefit the programs that help make the Cleveland Police Officer’s jobs a little safer, improve police/community relations and help us make Cleveland a safer place for all.



Individual tickets are $175 per person with first come first served seating.  Tickets include dinner and entertainment.

There are a limited number of tickets available for this event.   To purchase tickets, please contact Jennifer Wypasek at or call  (216) 396-2304.

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Cleveland Police Foundation invites you to join us for the

Ultimate PreGame Tailgate & Half-Time Reception

Saint Ignatius High School vs Saint Edward High School

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

$65 Admission to Reception ONLY. Does NOT include Game Ticket. FirstEnergy Stadium, Kardiac Club. Entrance at the Main University Hospitals Gate. Limited Availability. Tickets on sale until noon, October 26, 2016.   Spread the word (flyer)…

Breathtaking Lakefront Views • Televising Live OSU vs. Northwestern Game
50/50 Raffle to benefit Cleveland PAL

Buffet & Desserts provided.
Exclusive Cash Bar

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The Cleveland Division of Police Thank You

We truly appreciate your donations (food, water, etc.), your hugs and your support while we were working to make the convention a positive experience for our wonderful city.

Congratulations to Law Enforcement! Cleveland Shined at RNC

Congratulations to the Cleveland Division of Police and its Law Enforcement Partners for its outstanding performance during the RNC! The entire law enforcement community was truly “Cleveland’s Finest” and helped to make it one of our City’s proudest and historic events! Thanks to all the law enforcement officers from across this great country who joined with the CPD and made it happen!

Cleveland shined locally, nationally and internationally during the RNC, and coupled with the CAVS miraculous NBA Championship, after-victory celebration and parade, all helped to galvanize burgeoning civic pride in Cleveland!

Here are some examples:

“We were promised a riot. In Cleveland, we got a block party instead” – July 21, 2016, Washington Post

“Safe GOP convention boosts Cleveland’s image to the world” – July 22, Associated Press

2016 RNC Commemorative Collectibles

Commemorative itemsWe are offering a number of limited edition items that commemorate this memorable occasion for Cleveland. The Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to be the official vendor for CPD RNC commemorative merchandise.

BadgeLapel PinCommemorative MedallionT-Shirts


What We Do

The Cleveland Police Foundation funds youth and community outreach programs, community policing initiatives, crime prevention and safety programs, police charities, support for the members of the Division of Police to help them better perform their duties, investment in advanced education and training, and funding for specialized equipment and technology.

Some of the Efforts We Support

  • Unity in the Community
  • Handgun & assault weapon buyback
  • Cops for Kids fishing outings
  • Cleveland Police Children’s Holiday Party
  • Uniforms for the CPF Pipes & Drums
  • Youth athletic programs
  • GCPOMS Memorial & Service
  • Cops for Causes
  • Partnering with umbrella charities
  • D.A.R.E. to Resist Drugs and Violence
  • Our officers’ wellness and physical fitness
  • CPD Law Enforcement Explorer Post

2016 Annual Appeal

2016 Annual Ask
Become a Sponsor

Dear Cleveland Police Foundation Supporter:

Community. Collaboration. Engagement.

These are the buzz words for strengthening police service throughout the USA. But, they are also words that describe the Cleveland Division of Police outreach initiatives.

The 5-year old Cleveland Police Foundation partners with our police officers to give back to the community. But more than that, together we build bridges, create opportunities for dialogue, and establish relationships. We are continuing a tradition that stretches back for 150 years.

The Cleveland Police Foundation is an alliance of business and civic leaders, individuals and organizations committed to the ideal that a dedicated, well-trained and modernly equipped police service leads to a safer community. Strengthening the bonds between citizens and police officers by supporting youth and community outreach events, engagement and police charitable endeavors is the cornerstone of its mission.

We invite you to review our 2016 Annual Appeal. Each sponsorship level carries specific benefits such as public recognition for support of our programs and mission, advertising opportunities, and other amenities.

We are asking you to join us by “Investing in a Safe Community” as a Cleveland Police Foundation Annual Sponsor. Together we can face the challenges, continue to assist our police officer in their efforts to provide exemplary service to the community and support their charitable outreach efforts.

On behalf of the Cleveland Police Foundation, I thank you in advance for your support, and together we can look forward to building a stronger community. We will be in contact with you over the next few weeks. Should you need additional information please feel free to contact me at 216-906-9131 or Barbara Ragon at 216-924-8024.

Thank you,

Charles W. Lane, Jr.
Executive Director

Becoming a Community Partner (For Individuals)

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We invite individual citizens join us as Annual Partners of the Cleveland Police Foundation (CPF). Partnership provides individuals the opportunity to support the CPF in fulfilling its mission to support the members of the Cleveland Division of Police in its community policing and engagement efforts, youth outreach and other charitable endeavors.

Partners will receive material celebrating their participation in the program – a lapel pin, membership card and more.

Learn More and Join

Investing in a Safe Community - Cleveland Police Foundation 2015-16 Partners


Please help us accomplish our mission to support our Cleveland Police Officers in their efforts to engage the community and forge stronger bonds with the citizens they serve.

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How the Cleveland Police Foundation Impacts the Cleveland Community

Girl with officer and horse“Thank you so much for the generous gifts for the little girl who lost everything in the arson fire. The family was speechless and quite impressed with the outpouring of support, especially from the police. You truly are amazing! Merry Christmas to you, sir!”

– Steve, Cleveland Resident

Cops for Kids program“The Cleveland Police Foundation provides resources to Cleveland police officers that allow them to reach out to those in need in our community. These resources allow officers to take the time to get to know the people they serve, and to put into action true community policing.

In the last few years that the Cleveland Police Foundation has been in existence we have seen just a small example of the compassion of our officers, and the possibilities are endless as we grow and expand with further resources through the donations by the Cleveland Police Foundation.”

– Captain Keith Sulzer, CPD Community
Policing & Liaison to the CPF


Youngster playing football“We want to express our heartfelt thanks for paying the phone bills for Society for Nonviolent Change and The Youth Outreach Hotline. If not for those funds, we would have had to shut down a very vital service to the community. In addition, we are extremely grateful for the award of funding for the programs which will be a valuable asset to help “bridge the gap” between the Cleveland Police Department and the residents of the City of Cleveland.

These programs will provide a safe haven environment for our youth and assist with prevention and intervention measures we need to engage their families and the residents in proactive solutions for the challenges they face on a daily basis.”

– Gregory W. Terrell, Executive Director
Society for Nonviolent Change
Cleveland Police Kids Fishing Days

Kids Fishing Day Outings

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