December 2023 Newsletter: A Salute to Community Heroes and Holiday Cheers

December 2023 - The Partner

Welcome to the December newsletter, where we reflect on a year of meaningful connections and look forward to new beginnings.

  • Rick DeChant’s Retirement: We bid farewell to Rick DeChant, our esteemed Executive Director, acknowledging his remarkable contributions to the CPF and the community.

  • Annual Fund Campaign: The CPF’s ongoing mission emphasizes fostering bonds between officers, children, and the broader community. Join us in supporting these crucial initiatives.

  • Holiday Greetings: Embracing our city’s diversity, we share holiday thoughts and well-wishes, reminding us of the joy and unity this season brings.

  • Officers of the Month: Celebrating the compassion and craftsmanship of Sgt. Steve Kinas, Patrol Officer Jeff Simko, and Patrol Officer Steve Salim, who went above and beyond to assist a fellow officer in need.

  • Community Partner of the Month: Honoring Skylight Financial Group and Mike Connole for their invaluable contributions, particularly in bringing holiday joy to children across Cleveland.

  • Community Relations/Therapy Dog Program: A generous donation from a CPF board member’s company makes it possible to support the police with a community relations/therapy dog.

  • First District Community Relations Awards: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to their community.

  • Second District Awards and CPF Recognition: Applauding the commitment of Second District police and community members, and a special acknowledgment of CPF’s efforts in the community.

  • Support for a Young Shooting Survivor: CPF’s heartwarming initiative brings Christmas cheer to a brave young survivor, showcasing the community’s rallying support.

  • Cleveland Police Museum Profile: Delving into the history and importance of the Cleveland Police Museum, a unique institution documenting the rich history of the Cleveland Police.

As we close this year, we’re reminded of the strength and warmth of our Cleveland community. May the holiday season fill your hearts with joy and peace.

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The Cleveland Police Foundation is the official charity for the Cleveland Division of Police and the only organization authorized to solicit charitable contributions on its behalf.

We provide funding for youth and community outreach programs, community policing and engagement initiatives, safety & crime prevention programs, and support the members of the Cleveland Division of Police to help them better perform their duties. Contributions to the CPF are tax deductible under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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