The Cleveland Police Museum • 1300 Ontario Street • Cleveland, Ohio 44113 • 216.623.5055

Due to the coronavirus, the museum is closed until further notice.


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 usual suspects in 1942. Police line up of Isadore Oddo, Joe Ristagno, Carmen Minardi and Leo Ristagno.
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Patrolman Steven Hendricks, Badge Number 183; Appointed 10/22/1917; Retired 11/25/1948; End of Watch 01/03/1963. Assigned as “cornerman” at East 55th Street and Woodland Avenue, using his Semaphore to control traffic.

Patrolman Hendricks was assigned to the 5th Precinct for most of his career. He was first assigned to the corners on May 1, 1918 and except for 3 months assigned to the 3rd Precinct and 6 months assigned to the 6th Precinct, he remained assigned to the corners of East 55th & Woodland. Upon his retirement in 1948, businesspeople from the area held a party in his honor. Chairman of the committee that arranged the party was W.O. Walker, Editor of the Call & Post.

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Cleveland Police Sergeant Louis J. Machovec was a young husband and father in 1950. He served as a Supervisor in the Police Radio Room and for several years his mellow baritone was the voice of the Cleveland Police Department.

During the crippling snowstorm of Thanksgiving 1950, he left behind his wife, two young daughters and a delicious Thanksgiving meal to serve his community. He walked through the nearly two feet of snow to Police Headquarters on Payne Avenue all the way from his home in the shadow of St. Alexis Hospital near 55th Street and Broadway Avenue. There, he put in two 24-hour days, back to back, coordinating the police efforts and needs on behalf of the snowbound City of Cleveland.

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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.

All material on this site is © Cleveland Police Historical Society