November 2018 Police Officers of the Month
Detective Chris Gibbons
Detective Chris Gibbons has been a dedicated Cleveland Division of Police officer since 1997 and has been with the Employee Assistance Unit since December of 2004. He excels at his job description, which is to help fellow officers deal with traumatic and stressful situations. For those who turn to substance abuse, Detective Gibbons can offer an experienced hand. As a recovering alcoholic, he knows what it is like to battle these types of demons.
Detective Gibbons turned his life around and become an outstanding police officer like his father and grandfather. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Edna House, founded by his sister Erin. This program helps women recover from their addictions and has graduated over 300 participants.
When asked about Detective Gibbons, his former supervisor, retired Sergeant Lynda Marshall Dismuke stated, “I recruited Detective Gibbons for the job on the EAU because I knew from his days working the streets that he had a true feeling for the people he dealt with and for the community in general. He was what I called a ‘real’ officer – which means he wasn’t fake and always put a sincere and caring effort in helping his fellow officers.”
It is because of this devotion and dedication to both the officers of the Cleveland Division of Police and the community he serves that we recognize Detective Chris Gibbons as the Police Officer of the Month for November 2018.
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.