The early Cleveland Police Bicycle Patrol

George C. Huberty, Badge # 265;  Appointed 07/13/1896;  Retired 07/01/1925;  End of Watch 12/09/1940.

Published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer 09/12/1992.




This was the first picture taken of Cleveland’s new motorcycle squad in 1913. The members are, left to right:

Michael B. Westfall #657(Appointed 04/12/1913; Resigned 09/23/1918; End of Watch 10/31/1963);

Herbert W. Greene #272 (Appointed 03/15/1911; Resigned date unknown);

William F. Burger #571 (Appointed 03/02/1912; End of Watch 09/24/1952);

William E. Ralph #78 (Appointed 11/24/1909; Retired 10/01/1943; End of Watch 12/30/1949);

Charles Bound #475 (Appointed 07/22/1912; Resigned 07/07/1918; End of Watch –Killed as Rail Road Detective – 08/27/1927).

Far left is a Dayton bicycle; Second from the left is a 1913 vintage Dayton Motorcycle/Motorized Bicycle (sometimes even referred to as an “Autocycle”); In the center is a 1913 Harley Davidson 9A Belt driven Motorcycle; The last two may be a Huffman and a Schwinn bicycles.

Published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/06/1934

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Eliot Ness & His Role in Cleveland History


In December of 1935, Cleveland'sMayor Harold Burton recruited Eliot Nessto serve as the city’s new Safety Director. That very year, Cleveland was the fifth largest metro area in the nation, and was considered to be the most dangerous city in the United States. Ness went on to spearhead a campaign that nearly eliminated corruption in the police department,brought the fire department up to modern standards, and instituted the latest traffic technologies that brought national safety awards to Cleveland.



The Kingsbury Run Murders

Between 1935 and 1938, an officially unidentified serial killer murdered and dismembered at least 12 victims - only 2 of which were ever positively identified.

Read more about the most infamous open case in Cleveland history here.


Cleveland's Fallen Officers


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