Police Officers of the Month

This month’s Police Officers of the Month are Officers Ismail Quran and Theresa Tobin and their dedication to service is an excellent example of the pride they have in their job, and the core values of the department.

I reached out to Fifth District Lieutenant Chris Haist, who nominated these officers and he stated, “These two officers worked endless hours on this case and were responsible for arresting 13 juvenile suspects wanted for a variety of crimes. These crimes include but are not limited to Homicide, Felonious Assault, Receiving Stolen Property and weapons charges for several guns that were recovered.

“After working a double shift and being offered relief, they both indicated that they wanted to see the arrest through, and stayed until the juveniles were at the Detention Center. They both did an outstanding job, getting these violent juveniles off the street, and making the city safer for residents.”

It is because of their dedication and devotion to their job and the City of Cleveland that the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to name Officer Ismail Quran and Theresa Tobin our Police Officers of the Month for December 2023.

~ Bob Guttu, Cleveland Police Foundation

Nominated by Fifth District Lieutenant Chris Haist

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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.


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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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