The Cleveland Police Foundation’s Police Officers of the Month for January of 2019 are First District Community Engagement Officers Kerry Novak-Adams, Lyniece Turner, and Juan DeJesus!
Although the Community Engagement Officer program has only been in existence for a short time, these three officers have done an incredible job weaving themselves into the fabric of the First District community. They do an excellent job working with their councilmen and community development organizations, have developed an excellent relationship with the refugee and immigrant communities, and have made a considerable effort to get into the schools in order to develop a better relationship with our children. The officers often pitch in their own dollars to help build these relationships and recently organized a Christmas party with food, gifts, Santa and Mrs. Claus for nearly 100 children from Laura’s Home.
“The First District Community Engagement Officers (CEOs) embody the importance of police and community relations – by building mutual trust between police officers and citizens, we can improve safety in our neighborhoods. On a daily basis, Officers DeJesus, Novak, and Turner work collaboratively with citizens, businesses, schools, and numerous community groups to solve problems. The officers are a visible presence throughout the First District, often spending their own time and money to make a difference. The CEOs will continue to protect and SERVE in 2019!”
– Daniel M. Fay, First District Commander
“Kerry, Juan and Lyniece are three of the most engaged Police Officers I have ever worked with. Their engagement and commitment with our seniors, youth, and all residents should be the standard for all of Community Policing. We are very lucky to have them in the First District.”
– Brian Kazy, Ward 16 Councilman
It is because of their dedication to the First District community and the Community Policing concept that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Officers Kerry Novak-Adams, Lyniece Turner, and Juan DeJesus as Police Officers of the Month for January 2019.
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.