COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost recognized nearly a dozen servicemen and women on Wednesday during the 2019 Law Enforcement Conference awards. Among those recognized was Cleveland activist and philanthropist, Yvonne Pointer.

Pointer was recognized at the luncheon with the Distinguished Civilian Award. Her work began when her teenage daughter, Gloria, was brutally killed in 1984. That sent her into motion, working to ensure the world is a better and safer place for children.

She set up a midnight basketball league in the 1990s, and crime went down the nights kids and teens were on the court shooting hoops and learning life skills. Pointer then became a member of Cleveland's crisis intervention team. She partnered with local police to comfort crime survivors. 

In addition, Pointer was a regional liaison for the Ohio Attorney General's office to help victims of crime.

Her work reaches across the ocean to Ghana where she set up a a scholarship in her late daughter's name. The Gloria Pointer Teen Movement Foundation in Ghana was created by Pointer and a young man inspired by her story and work, bringing schools, education and training young people.

Two other Northeast Ohio law enforcement personnel were honored on Wednesday. Alliance Police Department Officer Roy W. Tittle received the Distinguished Law Enforcement Community Service Award. Also, the Metropolitan Richland County Drug Enforcement Task Force was given the Distinguished Law Enforcement Group Achievement Award.

“All the good things that make a society healthy and prosperous rest on the foundation of public safety and the men and women who protect the unprotected,” Yost said. “I’m proud to honor these award winners who truly represent the ‘best of the best’ and have exhibited diligence, dedication and sacrifice in the name of public safety.”