The Hot Sheet

Early Electric Traffic Signals in Cleveland

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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Cleveland’s First Mounted Policewoman

29 March 2020

Cleveland’s first Mounted Policewoman was assigned to duty by Park Commissioner Fred S. Alber on May 27th, 1914. As reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Miss Pearl E. Kray, the…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

16 March 2020

Soooo this horse walks into a bar………..Here we have Cleveland Police Officer Margaret Doran #1202 and her partner Murphy’s Law visiting with revelers at The Public House, 17219 Lorain Avenue.…

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S.W.A.T

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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Murphy Box

The Murphy Call Box

14 July 2019

Jeremiah “Jerry” Murphy, previously employed by the Cleveland Telephone Company, was hired as a lineman in 1887 for the Cleveland Police Department.  He invented a small communication system named after…

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