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.

We're closed through the end of February

Please check back for an announcement about our re-opening.

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.

An impressive array of facts, stories, and artifacts.


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

Museum in a Box


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

Speakers Bureau


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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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Lloyd Patterson was born to Ambrose and Willa Boyd Patterson on 02/02/1931 in Cleveland. After graduating from high school, he entered the US Army, became a marksman and achieved the rank of Sergeant. He became a Cleveland Police Officer on 09/16/1957 and was assigned Badge Number 1554. He served in the Fifth District, was promoted to Detective and worked in the Robbery Unit, Homicide Unit and Scientific Investigation Unit. He was promoted to Sergeant, then Lieutenant and was appointed Deputy Chief on 04/27/1982. Chief Patterson was a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a certified Expert Polygraph Examiner, a sharp shooter, and was an instructor at the Case Western Reserve Law Medicine Center. He was very active in the Cleveland Black Shield Police Association and was a cofounder of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Chief Patterson was an original incorporator of the Cleveland Police Historical Society and actively supported the Cleveland Police Museum even after retiring to Las Vegas in 1983. He showered the Museum with raffle prizes for the annual golf outing each year. In Nevada he raised appaloosas on his ranch and spent his free time visiting auctions and garage sales.

On August 18, 2009, retired Deputy Chief Lloyd Patterson passed away from complications of heart disease in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The first Cleveland Police boat was purchased in 1914 and was named the Vigilant. It was described in the Cleveland Plain Dealer as being “… thirty-six feet long, with a nine foot beam, and carries a 50-horse power engine. When going at full speed she makes but little noise. She is so constructed that she can slip along the banks in shallow waters, and day and night she darts along, up on one side and down the other. She is manned by four patrolmen who have seen service for years on the water. Their eyes peer into the depths under the docks.”

According to the Plain Dealer, the first crew consisted of “…Patrolman George Huberty #265, best known yachtsman in the department, will command the motor craft. Other members of the crew will be Patrolmen Herbert Dwyer # 25, Melville Porter #119, and John Shea #441. Patrolmen Samuel Cook #609 and James Brown #516 are placed in the auxiliary service.”

The Vigilant served until May of 1916 when an advertisement was placed in the Plain Dealer offering it for sale. It wasn’t until the summer of 1961 that the Cleveland Police officially went back into the business of patrolling the waters of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.
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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


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.

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