The Hot Sheet

1918 Influenza Epidemic in Cleveland

By CPHS / 23 June 2020

After voluntary closures and suggested social isolation proved unsuccessful in keeping the case numbers down, the city and county mandated closures and quarantines.  Calling the pandemic “the most serious menace…

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The Cleveland Police “Sign Shop”

By CPHS / 10 June 2020

As automobile traffic increased in the United States, auto clubs sprang up across the country.  In the early 1900s, these clubs began discussing the need for uniform traffic regulations.  Individual…

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Communications: Murphy Call Box

By CPHS / 01 May 2020

In 1907, Jerry Murphy developed his most efficient and successful version of the call box system.  The new call boxes were significantly smaller – still tall, but made of steel…

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Criminal Identification: Fingerprinting

By CPHS / 25 April 2020

In 1904, George Koestle and Chief of Police Fred Kohler traveled to the St. Louis World’s Fair to witness a demonstration of a new method of criminal identification, fingerprinting.  Based…

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Early Electric Traffic Signals

By CPHS / 21 April 2020

Many more attempts at designing a functional traffic signal followed. In 1916, Clevelanders John Tomko, CW Oppenlander and SW Oppenlander invented an “electric semaphore” for “minimizing traffic hazards.” The device…

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Eliot Ness’ Final Resting Place

By CPHS / 18 April 2020

The Memorial Service for Eliot Ness, his wife Elisabeth and their son Robert took place on September 10, 1997, organized by the Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum. The service…

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Traffic Semaphore

By CPHS / 12 April 2020

The Cleveland Police used traffic semaphores to bring order and safety to our streets.  The officer set up the semaphore in the middle of the intersection and controlled the flow…

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Criminal Identification: Early Mug Shots

By CPHS / 10 April 2020

In 1896, the Cleveland Police Department created the Bureau of Criminal Identification, led by George Koestle. As a young man, Koestle worked for one of the commercial photographers hired by…

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S.W.A.T

By CPHS / 27 September 2019

Special Weapons and Tactics Unit Celebrating Forty Years of Service The Cleveland Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) is widely recognized as one of the most experienced and…

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1973 AMC Ambassador Patrol Car

By CPHS / 22 June 2019

In April of 1973, Chief Gerald Rademaker implemented a new crime fighting unit called the Impact Task Force.  Consisting of 120 seasoned veteran officers, the Impact Unit “…will provide an…

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1974 Bomb Disposal Robot – “Leroy”

By CPHS / 21 June 2019

The Cleveland Police Bomb Squad deployed it’s 1974 Wheelbarrow RCV Bomb Disposal Robot for many missions of bomb recovery and disposal.  This unit was originally designed and manufactured in England…

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