Lieutenant Edward Lentz has truly grasped the philosophy of community policing and understands the importance of helping citizens in need. Evidence of this is his assistance to the Bureau of Community Policing and the Cleveland Police Foundation (CPF). They hosted a basketball game between officers and the students at St. Francis School – the game being held to improve the relationship between the police and the community. The Lieutenant also led officers to engage the students of MC2 High School during a community picnic. He then brought the officers to the school to provide a lesson in the history of policing in Cleveland and get better acquainted.
Other activities include working with Catholic Charities and the CPF to bring new winter coats to children from refugee and needy families of the St. Aloysius Parish, and he recently brought the CPF and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health together to work on a program called Cops N Cribs. When asked about the program, Lentz stated, “Cleveland ranks #2 in the nation in infant mortality and this will allow our police officers to make referrals for new cribs and provide safety instructions when they identify a need during the course of their duties.” For his dedication to community service, the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize Lt. Edward Lentz as Police Officer of the Month for July 2017.