The Mowing with the Cops program in the City of Cleveland began a few weeks ago and got its start with a donation from Rodney Smith representing a non-profit called Raising Men and Women. His intention was to have the police mow the lawns of residents who can’t do the work themselves. He provided a lawnmower equipped with a strobe light bar, and presented it to the Cleveland Police Foundation. The Foundation also donated a Weed Wacker and leaf blower. Lt. Tim Maffo-Judd of the Second District then recruited off duty Officers Zachary Banks, Danielle McNulty, Niccolo Angelino and City Councilman Kris Harsh to mow and trim the yard of an appreciative Ms. Nolen, a resident of the city’s west side.
Lt. Maffo-Judd said, “These three officers took time out of their Saturday afternoon to assist an elderly community member who was unable to do the work herself. These officers from the Second District represent their district at the highest level and they did not hesitate to help when volunteers were needed.”
It is because of their dedication to the community they serve and their willingness to help others in need that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Officers Zachary Banks, Danielle McNulty and Niccolo Angelino our Police Officers of the Month for August 2022.
About the Police Officer of the Month Program
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.