September: National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Sadly, on September 4th, Patrol Officer Nicholas Sabo #1573, took his own life.  Officer Sabo was assigned to the Fourth District, hired by the Cleveland Division of Police on April 15, 2013 after serving as a Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy.  The officer is survived by his wife and children.  Please click here for details on Officer Sabo’s funeral on September 16th.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 75% of suicide deaths are male.  Because policing has the highest rate of suicide of any profession, the “Six” program was developed by retired Detective Cliff Kime and the late Captain Jim Purcell.  Reaching out to Cleveland officers in distress, support is offered by a number of mostly-retired police officers to address issues of addiction, injuries, and shootings.

“Six” is an anonymous way for officers to seek help, guidance, and direction from peers.  Please reach out by clicking on “Six.”


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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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