Detective Walley Everett
A simple desire to make a difference is the motive behind thirty-year CPD Veteran, Detective Walley Everett. Having spent most of his career watching over other police officers, he is humbled and proud to be known as one of Cleveland's Finest. "It's a feeling that starts on the inside and causes you stand a little bit taller."
Detective Everett has spent the past six years of his career working in Homicide and is driven by his co-workers to be one of the best detectives that he can be. He embraces that he is given the chance to put some of the worst possible offenders to justice and provide closure to the victim's families. "The toughest situations to deal with are when children and the elderly are victim to homicide. Truly the defenseless, something that will always wear on me."
Like others in the department, Everett uses humor as his coping tool. Cursing is a second language, but in the end he is only working to attain the same goal. "Our humor may be sick to an outsider, but it's necessary for us to cope with what we witness on a daily basis."
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Everett enjoys fishing, traveling and spending time with his family. He has been married to the love of his life, Tracy, for six years and together they have a blended family of four grown daughters. Although they keep him on his toes, he couldn't be happier to drop his guard, laugh and relax a little.
Detective Robert Ford
As a rookie to the Homicide Unit, Detective Bob Ford is working his way up the chain, training with some of the best. Originally from Cleveland, Ford strives to represent his city to the best of his ability. After joining the Cleveland Police Department in 1987, Ford has worked with the Youth Gang Unit and as a Detective in Sex Crimes. Ford wanted to become part of homicide to further challenge his mind and work hard to put the worst of the worst behind bars.
Behind his tough demeanor, Ford really enjoys working with people. He is happily married to his wife of twenty-one years and together they have two teenage girls. Ford is a Cleveland Indians Baseball fan and enjoys cycling as well as windy rides on his motorcycle. Ford is a softy when it comes to animals, especially when it comes to his three-legged chiwawa, Carlos.
Detective Charles Gove
In 1992, The Cleveland Police Department welcomed Detective Chuck Gove to their family. Gove began his police career in Basic Patrol and then began working with the Time Keeping Unit, he was then promoted to Homicide in 2005. Gove is a true asset to the Homicide Family. His work ethic and long hours keep everyone afloat. Gove maintains all the records for the cases and is always depended upon by his co-workers.
Gove feels very fortunate to be in the position that he's in. "Being a Homicide Detective in my hometown of Cleveland is the best job I could have ever imagined." Gove enjoys working with his peers and has learned a lot from them over the years.
On the side, Gove and his wife operate a ghost tour company named Haunted Cleveland Ghost Tours. They provide city tours of some of the most haunted and paranormal locations in and around the City of Cleveland. Gove has two grown sons and two grandchildren. When he gets a moment to himself he enjoys kayaking and cross-country skiing.
Detective Lemmy Griffin
As a Cleveland native, Detective Lem Griffin joined the Cleveland Police Department in 1989. Much like the other detectives, he began his career in Basic Patrol and then eventually moved onto the Strike Force Unit. Griffin also worked in the Bicycle Unit and was then later detailed to Narcotics, followed by working in the Commander's Office and then Cold Case. In 2007, Griffin began his journey as a Homicide Detective. "I take honor and pride in apprehending criminals that will help give families justice and eventually closure."
Griffin was originally drawn to Law Enforcement at a young age. He was intrigued by the idea of "Good verse Evil," and wanted to make a career out giving justice where justice is served. Griffin also served a seven-year stretch as President to the Black Shield Police Association, which is an organization of law enforcement officers that are dedicated to the promotion of equality, justice, fairness and effectiveness in law enforcement.
In Griffin's free time, he likes to keep busy and feels that extra curricular activities occupy his mind from what he has to deal with on a daily basis. Griffin is a member of the Prince Hall Shriners and is involved in yearly Military Drill Competitions. He also enjoys working with carpentry around his home.
Detective James Raynard
Raynard joined the Cleveland Police Department in 1987, where he began his career in the fourth district in Basic Patrol and the Vice Unit. After a promotion, Raynard began his Detective career in the Third District. From there, Raynard began working with the Crime Scenes Unit and attended the United States Army/FBI Hazardous Devices School where he earned his degree to work with the Cleveland Bomb Squad. Raynard has been detailed to the Homicide Unit since 2010.
Driven by the challenge in obtaining justice for the victims, their families, and the community, Detective Jimmy Raynard preserves the evidence that cannot be challenged in the court of law. "It's an honor to be part of a team that works as hard as this unit does."
When he's not mastering his skills at work, Raynard enjoys fixing up his home and reading up on investigative techniques. He is the proud father of three grown girls and a grandfather to eight children.
Detective Joselito Sandoval
With just under a quarter of a century on the job, Detective "Lito" Sandoval became a Cleveland Police Officer in February 1986. He has worked with several units beginning with Basic Patrol. After ten years, Sandoval began working with the Strike Force and then was promoted to the Detective's Bureau in the first district. He was promoted to the Homicide Unit in 2002.
Sandoval knew at a young age that he wanted to work in a career that would help people. Originally considering a seminary, his parents open his eyes up to law enforcement and he has never looked back. Sandoval feels blessed to have the opportunity to work with the fellow Homicide Detectives. He strives to do the best to represent his profession and co-workers. "Pride isn't as much of a factor as is satisfaction."
Sandoval and his wife have been married for almost thirty years and have one son and three daughters. He enjoys the time that he gets to spend with them as well as his close friends and co-workers. Sandoval also enjoys fishing and golfing when time permits. "Life is good."
Detective Melvin "Mel" Smith
Born in Jackson, Mississippi and later raised in Cleveland, Detective Mel Smith began his career in law enforcement in 1977 where he worked as a Corrections Officer for the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department. After ten years, Smith decided that he wanted to join the Cleveland Police Department. Smith began his career in Basic Patrol and then moved over to the Strike Force Unit in 1989. He worked personal security for Cleveland’s former Mayor Michael White while also working as a Gang Unit Detective. In 2002, Smith was promoted to the Cleveland Homicide Unit.
Smith has a strong desire to help others. "There are a lot of people on our society who need us to protect them against the predators of this world." His diligent work helps him to accept the fact that he sees death quite often, but believing that approaching the matters professionally can help him perform his duties at a high level. "Our citizens deserve nothing less." Smith also finds help in prayer and with is family.
Smith enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters. He works out, plays golf, fixes and restores things around the house and is an avid collector of die cast cars. Smith enjoys his career as a Homicide Detective and finds it gratifying to know that he has helped someone in need when the time was needed. He truly feels blessed and enjoys the different people and great relationships that he has made over his career.
Detective Mike Smith
A thirty-five year veteran of the Cleveland Police Department, Detective Mike Smith was drawn into law enforcement from childhood. Spending most of his career working with the Strike Force and Vice Unit, Smith gladly took the opportunity to join homicide in 2001.
Detective Smith takes pride in bringing comfort and closure to the victims' families in their time of sorrow. His smooth, understanding technique not only comforts the families, but works on his side when trying to get information out of the suspects. "It's nice to know that you are able to help people that may not have anyone else to turn to."
Like many of his co-workers, Smith pushes through the daily stress of working to catch some of the most dangerous people by going home to a more tranquil environment with his loving family. Smith and his wife Mary have been married for thirty-eight years. They have two grown daughters, Shannon and Mia and five grandchildren. When time permits, Smith enjoys fishing and going for long walks with his wife. He is also quite the movie buff around the house.
Smith appreciates the camaraderie among his co-workers and of course his work-wife, Detective Walley Everett. Their constant joking around and picking on each other is enough to help everyone cope with their daily stresses. Not sure what to wear? Well you can guarantee that Smith will out-dress anyone in the office! From his matching shoes, to his sleek ties, and pin stripes, Smith can truly turn heads!
Detective Ignatius "Nate" Sowa
The Cleveland Police Department didn't know what hit them in 1981, when Detective Nate Sowa joined the force. Starting off in the third district, Sowa worked his way up the ladder to the Vice Unit and then onto the Auto Theft Unit. In 2005, Sowa began growing a mustache and losing his hair all while becoming a Detective in the Cleveland Homicide Unit.
Sowa, a highly respected Detective by his peers, likes to keep the office on theirs toes. His distinguished humor can lighten any rough day around the office. However, Sowa's flipside is not one to mess with. When interviewing a suspect, he gets fired up. His intense interviews and long hours come across as a great role model to his co-workers.
Sowa and his wife, Dee Dee have been married for thirty long years. He enjoys the outdoors, a good cigar and a nice aged scotch from time to time. Sowa hopes to move down south after retirement and just simply enjoy life.