Detective John Freehoffer is assigned to the Cleveland Police Domestic Violence Unit and is a tremendous advocate for victims of domestic violence. Freehoffer has also done incredible work in promoting police-community relations. He volunteers his time to organize the Heroes Run, a 5K race/run on Rocky River Drive in Cleveland.
Each year the race funds three scholarships to surviving family members of officers and firefighters listed on the Police and Firefighter Memorial. Proceeds also pay for the maintenance of the memorial. And if that isn’t enough, Detective Freehoffer also organizes the Cleveland Police “Shop with a Cop,” a Christmas shopping spree for children who have witnessed or are victims of domestic violence, homicide. or sex crimes.
When asked about this program, Detective Freehoffer stated, “I am honored to say ‘Shop with a Cop,’ which started nine years ago and began with 20 children, had 95 kids this year who shopped and interacted with our officers. In total since we started the program, we have spent around $100,000 and helped around 500 children.”
It is because of his devotion and dedication to the community that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Detective John Freehoffer as its Police Officer of the Month for December 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.