Police Officers of the Month

Beyond the Badge - Patrol Officer Erik Melendez

P.O. Erik Melendez is a dedicated officer who serves both the community and his colleagues with distinction. Currently the Vice President of the Hispanic Police Officers Association, his commitment extends far beyond his official duties.

The individual who nominated him, choosing to remain anonymous, praised Officer Melendez’s unwavering dedication: “Officer Melendez’s dedication is shown through his many contributions to the various community organizations he is part of. Throughout his career, he has always made sure to stay involved with the youth through his regular school/classroom visits at various CMSD schools and has recently ‘adopted’ the PreK and Kindergarten classrooms at Scranton Elementary, where he interacts with the children by reading to them, giving safety talks, and organizing holiday-inspired activities. If there is a CPD community event, it is likely you’ll see Erik present; working as ‘Santa’s Helper’ for the annual Golden Ticket Christmas Party, Coffee with a Cop (in various districts), Safety Fairs, etc.”

Further highlighting his quiet support, the nominator added, “Erik’s dedication to his fellow co-workers typically goes unseen and unnoticed because he is the quiet line of support, done out of respect for the officer’s privacy. He is the most humble person I have ever met and will never believe he is deserving of such recognition. But I can say, without a doubt, he is the bridge that connects the citizens and community of Cleveland with the Cleveland Division of Police.”

Thanks to his caring nature and active involvement in community service, the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to name P.O. Erik Melendez as its Police Officer of the Month for April 2024.

– Bob Guttu, Cleveland Police Foundation

Nominated Anonymously

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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.


The Cleveland Police Foundation is the official charity for the Cleveland Division of Police and the only organization authorized to solicit charitable contributions on its behalf.

We provide funding for youth and community outreach programs, community policing and engagement initiatives, safety & crime prevention programs, and support the members of the Cleveland Division of Police to help them better perform their duties. Contributions to the CPF are tax deductible under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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