The Hot Sheet

1918 Influenza Epidemic in Cleveland

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Cleveland’s Police Matrons

30 March 2020

A May 22, 1887 article in the Plain Dealer stated that “every woman arrested should be taken to the central station. She should be given into the hands of the…

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