The Hot Sheet

Cleveland Police Training: 1954 to 1974

By CPHS / 02 August 2021

Formal training for Cleveland Police Officers can be traced back to 1914, when the first “police school” was established at the Eighth Precinct Headquarters.  Part One of this series describes…

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Traffic Unit: The Corner Men, Part 4

By CPHS / 19 July 2021

In 1921 the Cleveland Plain Dealer introduced to their readers the Cleveland Police Officers assigned the difficult task of directing vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the city each day.  They…

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The Cleveland Police Tow Unit

By CPHS / 12 July 2021

How It Started: A History Of Towing And Tow Trucks Desperate times call for desperate measures. The year was 1916. Ernest Holmes, a mechanic from Chattanooga, Tennessee, had to face…

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Traffic Unit: The Corner Men, Part 3

By CPHS / 28 June 2021

In 1921 the Cleveland Plain Dealer introduced to their readers the Cleveland Police Officers assigned the difficult task of directing vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the city each day.  They…

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Artifact Spotlight: Big Band behind bars

By CPHS / 21 June 2021

The Cleveland Police Museum collects and preserves the history of policing in Cleveland. Each year, we receive donations of artifacts, photographs and archives that help us tell that story. In…

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Traffic Unit: The Corner Men, Part 2

By CPHS / 07 June 2021

In 1921 the Cleveland Plain Dealer introduced to their readers the Cleveland Police Officers assigned the difficult task of directing vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the city each day.  They…

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The Auto Bureau

By CPHS / 24 May 2021

The Cleveland Police Department has a long history of pursuing auto thieves and recovering stolen vehicles. As early as 1920, newspaper reports tell of detectives cooperating with police departments as…

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National Police Week

By CPHS / 17 May 2021

Police officers and the community they served have honored fallen officers since the earliest days of official police departments in the United States but it wasn’t until 1962 that a…

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Cleveland Police Training: 1914-1954

By CPHS / 10 May 2021

The first official Cleveland Police training school was established in 1914 by Safety Director Alfred A. Benesch.  Dubbed Benesch University by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Director described the school:…

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Eliot Ness

The Cleveland homes of Eliot Ness

By CPHS / 03 May 2021

Did Eliot Ness live here? This question comes up time and again when people talk about Cleveland’s favorite lawman. Recently, Cleveland Police Museum staff examined primary sources, including city directories,…

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Traffic Unit: The Corner Men, Part 1

By CPHS / 27 April 2021

In 1921 the Cleveland Plain Dealer introduced to their readers the Cleveland Police Officers assigned the difficult task of directing vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the city each day.  They…

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