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

Open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-2pm or by appointment


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.

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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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John Anderson, #175: Cleveland's First Black Police Sergeant and LieutenantJohn Anderson was appointed a Cleveland Police patrolman on January 13, 1887 and assigned Badge Number 175. He was the second Black officer to be appointed in Cleveland (the first being William Tucker, #45, appointed in 1881). During his exemplary career, Anderson rose through the ranks, becoming Cleveland Police's first Black supervisor.The Plain Dealer explained in 1898 that “John Anderson is probably the best-known patrolman in the City of Cleveland. For years he has done duty in citizen cloths. There is not a criminal in the city who does not know and fear this officer. Anderson has taken part in nearly every raid made by the police in years, and has made more arrests to his credit than any other patrolman. There is not an officer on the force who does not hope he will be made a sergeant. For some reason Anderson has been ignored by the powers to be.” On January 17th John Anderson was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Sixth Precinct. ... See MoreSee Less
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It was two decades ago that StoryWorks.TV released Dusk & Shadow — The Mystery of Beverly Potts, based on the book Twilight of Innocence by James Badal. Mark Wade Stone, former Cleveland Police Museum board member, has made the link to this wonderful video available for viewing until the end of the month. Hope you enjoy!(Awarded 2004 Regional Emmy for Music Composition - Carl Michel, Composer) ... 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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