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.

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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.


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

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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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Boys don't get to have all the fun. The reverse of Florence Clark’s (aka “Ora Starr”) #5553 mug shot lists her as a “suspicious person” and includes descriptions of various physical characteristics in accordance with the Bertillion system of identification. ... See MoreSee Less

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Today begins National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. “Telecommunicator” is the professional title for those we affectionately call Dispatchers or 911 Operators. They are the true First Responders. The are the lifeline for not only the community, but for all of the Public Safety Officers working on the street. They are the heroes most will never meet. Please take time to thank and honor these heroes in your community. Let them know you appreciate the job they do. We send them all our thanks and tip our hats in their honor. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are excited to announce the return of the "Passing Policeman" to the museum. Originally given to the Cleveland Police Department by a grateful citizen around the turn of the last century, the painting hung at Central Headquarters on Champlain until 1926, when it was relegated to the boiler room at the new headquarters on Payne Ave. Eventually, the painting was donated to the Cleveland Police Museum and it hung outside our doors for many years.

During the County's renovations of the Justice Center, the painting had to be removed and stored. Luckily for us, Stefan Dedecek with McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory generous donated professional art conservation services to restore the painting and then safely stored it until it could be returned to the museum.

Our wonderful volunteers will soon hang the "Passing Policeman" in a prominent location in our new museum, where it can be admired for many years to come.

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Many thanks to the USS Challenger, Cleveland Chapter of the International Federation of Trekkers for their generous donation to our In the Line of Duty exhibit honoring Cleveland’s fallen officers. The donation was given in honor of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry’s father, Cleveland Police Officer William Hudec #116. William Hudec was appointed the Cleveland Police Department in 1941, joining his father William and brother Raymond in service to the community. On August 30, 1955, Patrolman Hudec and his partner had just completed an assignment as police ambulance “wagon men” when their vehicle was struck by a train. Both officers died as a result of the crash. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Cleveland Police Department first began using photography as a means to identify the criminal element in the late 1860s. Initially, photographs were made at commercial portrait studios, sometimes posing the suspects in groups as a cost-cutting measure. CPD personnel began making their own photos in 1898. This early “mug shot,” #35, of George Robertson is dated May 8, 1867.

Mug shot #206 depicts Albert W. Chamberlin, who murdered John McConnaughey. Chamberlin died of cholera in the Ohio State Penitentiary in 1873.
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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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