Cleveland Division of Police Second District Patrol Officer Carl Dooley is a prime example of a policeman who cares about the community he serves!
Recently, a six-year-old boy from the Clark-Fulton neighborhood had his brand new Spiderman bike taken from him in a robbery. The young boy was riding down the street on his bike when he was knocked to the ground by a pair of ten and twelve-year-old brothers. They made off with the Spiderman bike!
Officer Dooley learned of the robbery and was familiar with the youngster as a result of a previous encounter with his family. Seeing how devastated the six-year-old boy and his family were as a result of this traumatic event, Officer Dooley made his way to Walmart in Steelyard Commons. The officer bought a brand new bike for the boy and then presented the bike to the child before reporting to work that day.
When reached to comment on this event, Commander Thomas Stacho of the Second District stated, “Officer Carl Dooley is a humble man and has actually done that (given bikes and other gifts) to other crime victims throughout his career. He is a caring and generous man and is most deserving of this recognition.”
It is because of his dedication and devotion to the community he serves that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Patrol Officer Carl Dooley as its Police Officer of the Month for September 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.