Our History

Our history

   The Sentinel Police Association (SPA) was established in 1968 by a handful of courageous African-American Cincinnati Police Officers.

In 1970 the organization signed its’ Letter of Incorporation with the State of Ohio. The African-American police officers pioneered the groundwork for many others to follow in their footsteps. In the late 1960’s it was recognized that an organized group needed to address issues of racism, promotions and disciplinary actions pertaining to Cincinnati African-American police officers.

   A small number of African-American officers formed a group, which later evolved into The Sentinel Police Association. 

   Since its’ inception, twelve people have served as president of the organization; Arthur Harmon, Sr., Wendell Young *, Roger Davis, Michael Cureton, Cheryl T. Thomas, Clarence D. Williams, III, M. Aaron Taylor, Cecil Thomas **, Scott Johnson, Gene Seay, Carolyn A. Wilson, Phill Black and current President, Eddie Hawkins .

   During the turbulent times of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, the founders of the SPA witnessed firsthand the way African-American citizens were being treated by police. This action prompted the members to take action. Police reform, police corruption, police brutality, and racial discrimination were primary issues the SPA addressed. 

   Today, the mission of the SPA has expanded. The Organization is working harder to improve the relationship between police and the communities we serve. The SPA monitors and evaluates the policies and programs within the criminal justice system and the effect they have upon the community at large. To this day the Sentinel Police Association stands firm to its commitment of being, FOREVER VIGILANT & FOREVER STRONG

   For additional information regarding the Sentinel Police Association, feel free to contact us.

*Denotes current City of Cincinnati Council member
**Denotes State of Ohio Senator