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.

An impressive array of facts, stories, and artifacts.


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

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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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The Fitzgeralds had a combined total of 105 years service on the Cleveland Police Department. Jim (left) served from 1938 until 1976, John (center) from 1934 to 1973, and Tom (right) served from 1942 until his death in 1971. The photo dates from 1944. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Cleveland Police Museum recognizes and honors all of the members of the Cleveland Division of Police who have served in the United States Military. From the Civil War to World War I, many gave up the police job to serve their country. While we have no records of the officers who served back then, the Division did lose one of its own during World War I. George E. Nadsady, Badge Number 714 was killed in action fighting in France on 11/08/1918. He was appointed a Patrolman on 02/01/1917.

The Cleveland Division of Police response to the national emergency of World War II is one of the proudest moments in its history. Immediately after the Japanese attack, Cleveland police officers began to enter the military. By the time the war ended nearly four years later, 146 Cleveland policemen had seen active duty. This number represented 10% of the Department’s total strength. Four of these servicemen, Thomas J. Mackin #228, John T. Blaskovic #1092, Marcus Segan #312, and Harold Carroll #1016 were killed. The officers who served represented almost a complete cross section of the Department. While it would be expected that young patrolmen in their early 20s would be quick to volunteer, the total included several middle-aged sergeants and lieutenants who left their jobs to enlist in the Army as privates.

It is almost impossible to identify all of the officers who have served our Country since World War II, but we are grateful to each and every one of them for their service.
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Chief George J. Matowitz served as the city’s police chief from October 16, 1930 until November 29, 1951. ... 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


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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