December 2017 Police Officer of the Month
Patrol Officer Doug Nichols, Canine Unit
Patrol Officer Doug Nichols has been a member of the Cleveland Division of Police Canine Unit since 2013. He also serves the City of Cleveland by being a member of the Police Bomb Squad and Dive Team. P.O. Nichols and his K-9 partner Hugo, along with the other members of the Canine Unit, have participated in forty-plus community engagements. They have reached over 6,500 people-mostly children-through the Community Policing Unit, Cleveland area schools, and various media events.
P.O. Nichols and Hugo are a yearly hit at the Cops and Kids Fishing Outing sponsored by the Cleveland Police Foundation. Doug makes it a point to interact with the children and answer all their questions.
When asked about P.O. Nichol’s work ethics, Sergeant Tim Maffo-Judd stated “Officer Doug Nichols always goes beyond the call every time he assists me, even on his own time, and always goes the extra mile for the community.”
For his dedication and devotion to the community he serves, the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize P.O. Doug Nichols as its Police Officer of the Month for December 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.