October 2017 Police Officer of the Month
Patrol Officer Antonio Andino, 4th Neighborhood Police District
According to his immediate supervisors, PO Antonio Andino is an exemplary police officer who engages in community policing on a daily basis. Part of his approach to policing the community is accomplished in a unique way. Before becoming an officer he worked as a barber – and now donates his time to the kids in the 4th District by giving them professional haircuts because he feels in order to excel in school you have to look sharp. He gave haircuts to students at Charles Dickens Elementary during a recent community event, “Literacy in the Hood,” and all the kids left with confidence and smiles on their faces. When asked about PO Andino and his efforts, Lt. Brian McEntee of the 4th District stated, “He is an excellent officer and besides donating his time to giving haircuts, he likes to engage the community and promotes citizen and police officer interaction. He is a true community policing officer and is an invaluable asset to the Cleveland Division of Police.” For his commitment to the community and especially to our children the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize PO Antonio Andino as the Police Officer of the Month for October 2017.
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.