The Hot Sheet

1949 FORD FORDOR – CAR 313

By CPHS / 12 September 2021

From 1949-1952, the Ford Fordor became the vehicle of choice for police departments across the country. It was considered a state of the art test bed for the unique advancements…

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1978 Ford LTD – Car 611

By CPHS / 12 September 2021

From 1972-1978, the National Highway Safety Department conducted an experiment with a lime green paint, known as “Safety Green.” The goal was to increase the visibility of safety vehicles (police…

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Women in the CPD

By CPHS / 09 September 2021

Women have a long and honorable history of service in the Cleveland Police Department. That service began in 1893 when the Chief Henry Hoehn established the Police Matron’s Service. The…

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Cleveland Air Police

By CPHS / 06 September 2021

The National Air Races began in 1920 and the first Pulitzer Trophy race was held at Cleveland Airport in 1929.  This event helped make the races a major American event…

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Traffic Unit: The Corner Men, Part 5

By CPHS / 16 August 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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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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