Patrol Officer Mark Williams of the Cleveland Division of Police First District has been a basic patrol officer for his entire career and totally understands the importance of giving back to the community!
One day while on patrol, Officer Williams saw a young child pedaling a bike in his yard and not going anywhere. Upon further observation, he saw that the bike was missing the rear wheel. There were several other children playing in the yard and a couple of broken tricycles and bicycles lying around – none of which were rideable. Officer Williams went to his residence, picked up two tricycles he had at home, gave them to the kids and stated he would return in the near future with bikes for the others.
The next day the officer placed a request for bikes on Facebook and contacted Pastor Justin from his church (Grace Baptist of Brunswick Ohio) and within one week he was able to deliver seven bikes for the children. Officer Mark along with now retired Captain Keith Sulzer, were also instrumental in providing over two hundred bikes to our city’s refugees at the Gateway West Church on Triskett Road. Additionally, in his spare time Williams has been one of the officers that has maintained and equipped the First District gym.
It is because of his dedication and devotion to the community he serves and his fellow officers that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Patrol Officer Mark Williams its Police Officer of the Month for December 2020.
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.