November 2023 Newsletter: Honoring Rick DeChant’s Legacy and Strengthening Bonds Through ‘Cops and Kids’

November 2023 - The Partner

The November edition of our newsletter begins with an acknowledgment of the significant contributions of Rick DeChant, the retiring Executive Director of the Cleveland Police Foundation. Under his leadership, the CPF has seen growth in various areas, including police wellness, family support, and community engagement.

Key highlights of this edition include:

  • Rick DeChant’s Retirement: Reflecting on DeChant’s effective leadership and his role in enhancing CPF’s community outreach and police support programs.

  • Annual Fund Campaign: A renewed emphasis on the CPF’s mission to foster partnerships and trust between police and the Greater Cleveland community, with an emphasis on youth engagement.

  • Giving Tuesday Initiative: An invitation to support the ‘Giving Tuesday’ campaign, focusing on raising funds for the Cleveland Division of Police’s second community relations/therapy dog and related expenses.

  • Police Officer of the Month: Recognizing Patrol Officer Tiona Jones for her exceptional dedication and compassionate service to the community.

  • Community Partners of the Month: Celebrating Marcus Gonzalez of Ole G’s Barbershop and Eliezer Cruz of Life Changers Barbershop for their work in uplifting the community’s youth through the Cops and Clippers program.

This month’s newsletter encapsulates the spirit of community collaboration, highlighting significant strides in bringing together police and citizens for a safer and more connected Cleveland. Explore these stories and more by reading the full newsletter here.


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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