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Sergeant Charmin Leon September 2020 Member of the Month

The Black Shield Police Association


Sergeant Charmin Leon began with the Cleveland Division of Police in February of 2008. She worked in the fourth district on patrol until she was promoted to Sergeant in March of 2013 and assigned to the Office of Professional Standards where she investigated allegations of police misconduct.

In January of 2016, Sgt. Leon was reassigned as the Officer in Charge of Personnel and Backgrounds. In 2017, she served as Acting Lieutenant of the Personnel Section overseeing its five units and was given the additional responsibility of establishing and leading the newly formed Public Safety Recruitment Team for Police, Fire and EMS.

Sgt. Leon and her team began the Beauty, Badges and Bonding recruitment sessions in shops across the city while also being asked to conduct workshops at recruitment conferences across the country. One of her workshops was recently featured by the Insight Exchange Network and you can find it here: Successful Recruitment Techniques for Reaching Female Officers | Charmin Leon.

Sergeant Charmin Leon has lived and worked in urban communities most of her life. She has served as the assistant director of a teen mentoring program, a home detention officer for juvenile court, a public assistance worker and system advocate for male victims of domestic violence. 

She is a certified instructor for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission mainly facilitating the Procedural Justice, Legitimacy and Implicit Bias curriculum. Although a native of Chicago, Illinois, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a minor in Legal Affairs from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College C.U.N.Y.

Sergeant Leon will be ending her tenure with the Cleveland Division of Police on Labor Day, September 7th 2020. She will be working at the Center for Policing Equity, a research and action think tank with offices in Los Angeles, Denver, Salt Lake City and New York. Created at UCLA and then housed at John Jay College, CPE is now part of Yale University's Justice Collaboratory promoting police transparency and accountability via research, partnerships and public discourse with agencies and communities across the US.

We are proud of Sgt. Leon today and each day.



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