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1978 Ford LTD – Car 611

By CPHS / 05 June 2023

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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National Police Week

By CPHS / 15 May 2023

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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1949 FORD FORDOR – CAR 313

By CPHS / 08 May 2023

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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19th Century Policing: The Night Toilers

By CPHS / 13 October 2022

In 1884, the Cleveland Daily Herald ran a feature on the “Night Toilers,” the Cleveland Police officers who patrolled the city’s streets during the evening hours. Below is a transcript…

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Traffic Unit: The Corner Men, Part 8

By CPHS / 22 August 2022

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 History of the Cleveland Police Badge

By CPHS / 18 July 2022

by Lieutenant James J. O’Malley, Jr., Retired The badge is probably the most identifiable feature of the American Police Officer’s uniform.  Today in the United States, police officers wear a…

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Fifth District: 1938 to 2020

By CPHS / 25 April 2022

In 1938, Safety Director Eliot Ness implemented an extensive reorganization of the Cleveland Police Department. The 11th Precinct building, located at 1963 East 105th Street, was designated as the Headquarters…

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Fourth District: 1938 – today

By CPHS / 11 April 2022

In 1938, Safety Director Eliot Ness reorganized the police force, transforming what had been eighteen precincts into five districts, which were further divided into 32 zones. The newly formed 4th…

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1918 Influenza Pandemic in Cleveland

By CPHS / 19 March 2022

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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