Police Officers of the Month

September 2020 POM

Patrol Officer Rashawn Rahim of the CPD Community Relations Unit had a dream growing up. Young Rashawn wanted to become a Cleveland Police Officer. So he joined and completed the Law Enforcement Explorer Program to make that dream a reality!

The Cleveland Police Law Enforcement Explorer Program is designed to introduce youth aged 14 through 20 years old to the police profession. The young participants develop the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the field of policing. After six years with the Cleveland Division of Police, PO Rahim is now in charge of the Explorer Program. Rahim anxiously awaits the end of the COVID-19 crisis so he can continue to recruit members so they too can join the ranks of the CPD.

When asked about Officer Rahim, his immediate supervisor Sergeant Tim Higgins stated, “Officer Rashawn Rahim is an outstanding officer that takes his job seriously and works well with our youth who have the ambition and drive to become police officers and he is well-deserving of this recognition.”

It is because of his dedication and devotion to his profession that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Patrol Officer Rashawn Rahim its Police Officer of the Month for September 2020.

Editor’s Note: Anyone interested in the Cleveland Police Law Enforcement Explorer Program can reach Officer Rashawn Rahim at 216-623-5080 or email him at rrahim@city.cleveland.oh.us.


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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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