Honoring Those Who’ve Served

The Cleveland Police Museum • 1300 Ontario Street • Cleveland, Ohio 44113 • 216.623.5055

We are open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 2 pm.
Tours are also available by appointment.

Announcing our new exhibit: The Tragedy of Glenville

Open House on Monday, July 23, 2018 from 12 noon to 8 pm

Support Our Fallen Officers Exhibit!

We're honoring the memories of CPD Officers who've made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. You're invited to join us by pledging your support.

collections
An impressive array of facts, stories, and artifacts.

Collections

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Our convenient traveling box featuring unique artifacts, documents, and photos.

Museum in a Box

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Our Speakers Bureau offers presentations on topics related to the history of the CPD.

Speakers Bureau

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Apparel, Accessories, Books, and More!

Cop Shop

Our Collections

Our Museum covers the entire history of the Cleveland Police Department, from its beginnings in the mid-1800s to modern day. From Eliot Ness to the gruesome Torso Murders, we have plenty of interesting displays. To get a peek, click to enter below.

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Cleveland Police Mounted Unit Troop A photographed in August of 1933. Three months earlier they had taken First Place in the Chicago Century of Progress competition with 11,000 men and horses from all parts of the world.

(photograph published in the Cleveland Press Memories of a Lifetime)
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Fifty-four years ago, on September 15, 1964, the Beatles came to Cleveland. They performed on a Monday night at Public Hall. It turned out to be the first time that one of their concerts was temporarily stopped.

Shortly after the concert began, the crowd of around 11,000 plus rushed the stage, challenging the cordon of Cleveland Police Officers. Inspectors Carl Barr and Michael “Iron Mike” Blackwell stopped the performance. Sergeant Edwin Nagorski told the crowd that they could yell all they wanted but they would have to sit down if they wanted the concert to continue. Amazingly, most of the crown sat down and began chanting “Don’t stand up! Don’t stand up!” With that the concert was allowed to go on.

Pictured are two of the Cleveland’ Finest performing security after the concert was allowed to continue. They are Patrolmen Ralph C. Tescar, Badge Number 463, appointed 01/02/1962 and retired on 10/05/1984 and Richard M. Barberic, Badge Number 18, appointed 09/01/1964 and retired as a Lieutenant on 04/16/1990, End of Watch 05/03/2016.
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And the competition continues.........

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The Cleveland Police Patch, designed in 1952, is a familiar symbol in our community. It designates the wearer as a person who has the authority to maintain law and order. Encircled in the center of this symbol is another symbol – the flag of the City of Cleveland. In the middle of the flag is an emblem carrying the founding date of Cleveland which was 1796. It also has illustrations indicating our major industries, those of steel making, transportation, and heavy industry. Thus “Cleveland’s Finest” are linked with the atmosphere of the city they serve. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum exists to collect and preserve police history and to use its collection and programs to educate the public and foster mutual understanding and respect between law enforcement and the public.

Cleveland Police Historical Society

1300 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216.623.5055

Hours

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 2 pm.
Tours are also available by appointment; use our contact form for your request.
Admission is always free
If the Cleveland Municipal School District is closed due to inclement weather, the Museum will be closed as well.

All material on this site is © Cleveland Police Historical Society