CPF Police Officer of the Month Award Recipients
2018 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.
July Police Officer of the Month
Sergeant Steve Beckner and Patrol Officer Chris Lane
When Cleveland Police and the U.S. Marshalls apprehended an Athens, Ohio, father accused of abducting his children, Sergeant Steve Beckner jumped in with both feet to calm the children and mother. He immediately fed the infant child and then FaceTimed the mother to let her know that the children were fine. When the mom called the sergeant the next day telling him she could not find a ride to Cleveland to pick up the kids, he and Patrol Officer Chris Lane both volunteered to drive them the 3½ hours to Athens to reunite the family.
Athens Police Officer Andrew Reece says he and his fellow officers were touched by the kindness of the two Cleveland officers. “It’s a good 3½ hour drive each way,” Reece said. “They were off-duty. They weren’t getting paid to do this. It took my breath away.”
Sergeant Beckner, however, insists he did nothing out of the ordinary. “It’s an Amber Alert,” Beckner said. “You want to help any way you can.”
For their selfless actions in caring for the children and helping reunite them with their mother, the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize Sergeant Steve Beckner and Patrol Officer Chris Lane as Police Officers of the Month for July of 2018.
June Police Officer of the Month
The N.I.C.E. Unit
Considering the short time the NICE (Neighborhood Impact and Community Engagement) Unit has been in existence, the officers have really shown a positive impact on community policing efforts in the City of Cleveland. The NICE Unit officers recently pitched in and donated much needed furniture to the 30 families displaced by a fire at CMHA’s Rainbow Terrace Estates. The officers also donated household items and toys and moved furniture into the new residences located at Garden Valley Estates.
The NICE Unit has also worked with New Jones Road Chapel in Building Community Cleveland and pitched in to clean up the neighborhood. The officers also make it a point to visit the Cleveland elementary schools to talk to the children and have lunch with them. It is because of their mission to promote Community Engagement, making Cleveland neighborhoods stronger, and creating lasting relationships that the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize the NICE Unit with Police Officer of the Month Award for June 2018.
May Police Officer of the Month
Sharon Davis, Patrol Officer, Community Policing Auxiliary Unit
Patrol Officer Sharon Davis has led a career of service to the community. In her many years in Community Policing, she has worked with our Auxiliary Unit, crossing guards, and has helped at hundreds of community events and activities. Sharon is a certified Rape Aggression and Defense (RAD) instructor and has volunteered many hours to teach women and children self-defense techniques and tactics. Sharon recently donated the use of her photo booth to the Cleveland Cops for Kids fundraiser, helping make our event more memorable and successful. Sergeant Tim Higgins of the Community Policing Unit said of Sharon, “Her commitment to women’s safety and her dedication to the personal development of young women in the community is Sharon’s passion!”
It is because of this dedication to her sisters and service to the community that the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize Officer Sharon Davis as its Police Officer of the Month for May 2018.
April Police Officer of the Month
Hubert Kidd, Patrol Officer, District Two
Officer Hubert Kidd is an outstanding officer and an amazing asset to the Cleveland Division of Police Second District’s Community Service Unit. Officer Kidd became a CPD Officer in 2002 and automatically became the go-to guy when it came to community outreach with a smile and kind word for everyone he encounters.
When asked about Officer Kidd and the role he plays in Community Policing in the Second District, his immediate supervisor Lt. Johnny Hamm stated, “Officer Kidd attends community meetings, takes underprivileged kids fishing, reads to them in schools and visits sick children in the hospital. He also delivers food to the elderly, is a loving husband and father and is the epitome of what a community oriented police officer looks and acts like in providing the best services to the community.”
It is because of this dedication to our children and devotion to the community he serves that the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize Officer Hubert Kidd as its Police Officer of the Month for April 2018.
March Police Officer of the Month
Lisette Gonzalez, Detective, District Four
Detective Lisette Gonzalez of the Cleveland Division of Police Fourth District has always shown a great concern for the community she serves but as of late, that concern for people has expanded. Detective Gonzalez has gone to Puerto Rico twice on her own time since Hurricane Maria devastated that island. She has assisted with the relief efforts to get things back to normal and on multiple occasions, personally spearheaded fundraising for the cause.
When asked about Detective Gonzalez’s work ethics, her immediate supervisor, Sergeant James Bryant stated, “Detective Gonzalez is a lead detective who never backs down from a challenge or hard work. Many neighborhoods in our city are a safer place because of her dedication and work ethic. Detective Gonzalez is an asset to the Fourth District Detective Bureau, the Cleveland Division of Police, and the City of Cleveland.”
For her dedication and devotion to community service, the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize Detective Lisette Gonzalez as its Police Officer of the Month for March 2018.
February Police Officer of the Month
Joseph Haggerty, Patrol Officer, District One
Patrol Officer Joseph Haggerty of the Cleveland Division of Police First District is not only a model officer in his everyday duties but excels in his longtime involvement with the Cleveland Police Athletic League. He has been a P.A.L. volunteer for over 15 years and is a driving force in dozens of P.A.L. activities involving the children in the community, and has served on their Board of Directors as a trustee and presently as secretary. When asked about Officer Haggerty’s role in the Police Athletic League, Executive Director Bob Kumazec stated, “Officer Haggerty has been deeply committed to the goals and mission statement of the Cleveland Police Athletic League throughout both his professional career and private life. He has constantly strived to enhance relationships between police officers and the youngsters in the community. He epitomizes the term ‘community police officer’ in his thoughts and actions.”
For his dedication to Cleveland Police Athletic League and devotion to the youth of the community, the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize Patrol Officer Joseph Haggerty as Police Officer of the Month for February 2018.
January Police Officer of the Month
Thomas Ross, Sergeant, District 3 Downtown Service Unit
“Service” is in Sergeant Tom Ross’ DNA… first as a U.S. Marine, and after an honorable discharge, throughout his long career with the Cleveland Division of Police.
As a respected 17-year member of the Cleveland Police Honor Guard, he has represented the Division with distinction and pride at public ceremonies, civic events, and the funerals of officers who have died in the line of duty.
When advised of his nomination for this award, Commander Debra Cavett, the HG’s Commanding Officer stated, “Tom has represented us in an exemplary manner and has dedicated his time and talents in helping to develop our unit to be one of the best.”
Sergeant Ross provides behind-the-scenes leadership in the Honor Guard, including the HG’s 2016 trip to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial events in Washington, D.C., and this year’s trip for the addition of PO David Fahey’s name to the NLEOM in May.
For his dedication to excellence and exemplary representation of the Division in public ceremonies, the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize Sergeant Tom Ross as its Police Officer of the Month for January 2018.