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.

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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2 weeks ago

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Lloyd B. Trunk, Badge Number 56 (Appointed 11/16/1919; Retired 02/16/1944; End of Watch 08/17/1945) was one of the more talented members of the Cleveland Division of Police. He served as a Patrolman, Building Maintenance Man, Detective, Artist and Ballistics Expert. When the Second Police Headquarters Building on Champlain Street was abandoned to make way for the Terminal Tower, a very large painting that had been donated to the Chief in 1899 and hung in the Lieutenant’s Office was not permitted to be displayed in the new Central Station. Building Maintenance Officer Trunk and his partner Paul A. Lindsay # 27 rescued the painting of the Little Lost Girl and hung it in the Boiler Room. The painting is one of the only relics from the old Headquarters Building to survive today. Detective Trunk created the infamous “Death Masks” of the victims of the Torso Murderer that can be seen at the Police Museum. He was an expert marksman as well as a ballistics expert who offered testimony in many shootings, bombings and other crimes involving explosives. Because of his firearms expertise he was called upon after the Ringling Brother Circus fire in 1942 to humanely destroy some of the terrorized and suffering animals. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Police Historical Society and the Staff of the Cleveland Police Museum.

Wishing you a SAFE CHRISTMAS SEASON are Santa (Cleveland Police Officer John C. Chevin #148) and his elves (Officers James C. Fitzwilliams # 222, and Patrick Lynch #388) as they prepare for the 1939 Christmas Parade.
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1 month ago

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The Cleveland Division of Police is looking for a few good people to add to their ranks.Canine Officer Dexter is patiently awaiting your application to work with CDP! Call us with questions about the application. 216-623-5233 ... 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