CPF Police Officer of the Month Award Recipients
The Cleveland Police Foundation – in partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police Cleveland Lodge 8 – is proud of the Police Officer of the Month program. The program’s purpose is to recognize members of the Cleveland Division of Police who not only perform their duties in an exemplary and extraordinary manner, but also excel in efforts that are consistent with a major tenet of the CPF’s mission to strengthen the bonds between citizens and police officers… building bridges, creating opportunities for dialogue, and forging positive relationships within the community.
Already aware that officers in the Cleveland Division of Police routinely go out of their way to help their fellow citizens, committee members are not surprised by the large number of candidates. With so many outstanding officers, selecting one recipient per month proved to be a somewhat daunting task.
When asked why bestow these awards, CPF Executive Director Charles W. Lane, Jr. states, “In today’s busy world, while some deeds may seem fairly insignificant, we hold out hope that such random acts of kindness may have a significant impact on a person’s life. Even if not, it’s nice to know that our police officers do for others what they would want someone else to do for a member of their family if the opportunity presented itself.”
Police officers across this great country perform similar deeds day-in and day-out, with little fanfare and really not seeking, nor even wanting recognition. We commend these officers for their compassion and personal commitment to making our city a better place to live.
2017 CPF Police Officer of the Month Award Recipients
Recipients will receive a personal plaque in recognition of their good deeds, and perpetual plaques will be displayed at Cleveland Police Headquarters, the offices of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police Cleveland Lodge 8 where they will serve as an inspiration to others.
4th Neighborhood Police District
Detective Kevin Callahan of the Cleveland Division of Police 4th District is an extraordinary example of how the members of the C.P.D. are embracing the idea of community policing. As a missing person specialist in the detective bureau he has taken it upon himself to reach out to the kids in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to chat with them during their lunch period. One of the primary reasons for the meetings is the fact that most of his missing person investigations are children. He wants to be able to develop relationships with the children and the schools so he can educate and establish a positive rapport with them. His plan for the future is to reach as many kids as he can and do it on a monthly basis. It is because of this devotion and dedication to the children of the City of Cleveland that The Cleveland Police Foundation bestows upon him Police Officer Of The Month for January 2017.