October 2021 Police Officer of the Month

The Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize Detective T.J. Powell as the October 2021 Police Officer of the Month.


Cleveland Homicide Detective T.J. Powell recently decided to give back to his childhood neighborhood and community!

On his own, Detective Powell purchased and gave away one hundred backpacks to the neighborhood kids with miscellaneous school supplies and hand sanitizers.  This kind gesture was well received by the children and this event, among others that the detective has participated in was a total success!

When notified that Detective Powell was a candidate for the Police Officer of the Month, now-retired CPD Captain Keith Sulzer stated “Detective T.J. Powell is a terrific father, cop, and mentor to many kids in the community.  I’ve participated in several different events with T.J. at St. Francis. Detective Powell even went so far as walking a mile in high heels with me at a fundraiser against domestic violence for the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.”

It is because of his dedication and devotion to his community that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Detective T.J. Powell its Police Officer of the Month for October 2021.

Nominated by Cleveland Police Foundation Executive Director Richard DeChant

More about the Police Officer of the Month Program . . .





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