The Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize Community Engagement Officers Davonte Congress and Aarius Waters as the 2021 Police Officers of the Month.
Fifth District Community Engagement Officers Davonte Congress and Aarius Waters are advocates for community-police relations and continually address the needs of both the youth and elderly of their district.
Reaching beyond the basic complaints from the members of the community, they make it their personal mission to connect these citizens with the vital city services and other resources they need. Additionally, they perform relentlessly to follow up and ensure the safety, health and well-being of these vulnerable individuals. The CEOs also attend countless meetings but still make time for the local youth. The officers visit and interact with these young people who may be from time to time troubled, and leave a positive impact on this occasionally forgotten segment of our community.
When asked about these outstanding officers, District 5 Administrative Lieutenant Marcus Montanaro stated, “These officers are always there when needed and I would be honored if we could reward them with the Cleveland Police Foundation’s Police Officer of the Month Award for what they do without being instructed and without looking for recognition. I also refer to a quote from J.C. Watts that applies to these officers which says, “Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.”
It is because of their devotion and dedication and to the community that they serve that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Fifth District Community Engagement Officers Davonte Congress and Aarius Waters as its Police Officers of the Month for July 2021.