Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society

Keeping The Promise... to never forget our fallen heroes. Honoring the service of fallen peace officers, ensuring that they are never forgotten and providing assistance and emotional support to their families. We serve Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Geauga, Medina and Northern Summit counties.

Night at the RacesCanceled: 2018 Night at the Races

We are sad to announce that this year's Night at the Races has been canceled due to circumstances beyond our control.

Chief Edward P. Kovacic

Chief Edward P. Kovacic

Chief Edward P. Kovacic, 1930-2018

We are sad to learn that Chief Edward Kovacic passed away on September 30. Kovacic was instrumental in building the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial, and was a strong supporter of this organization. We are sharing his viewing (Oct. 3) and memorial service (Oct. 4) information here.

GCPOMS Jul-Aug enews thumbnailJuly-Aug 2018 GCPOMS Newsletter - "The Epitaph"

We invite you to read the Jul-Aug 2018 issue of The Epitaph, the official newsletter of the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society.

Help Support the Police Memorial Expansion

GCPOMS memorial

The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society began with the donations of many corporations, banks, financial institutions and individuals from the Greater Cleveland area. Now we are in need to raise money to expand the memorial and add officers not yet listed on the memorial, but who died in the line of duty. Two additional pillars will be added in order to create the space to include these fallen heroes, and will allow space for those who we know will need to be added for police fatalities in the future.

We need to raise $200,000 to upgrade the Memorial and add the names of those officers. We are appealing to you to contribute generously to the expansion.

Support the memorial expansion by sponsoring a commemorative paver

Cleveland Police MemorialShow your support for the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society by sponsoring a Commemorative Paver brick for placement in the pathways at the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers memorial. This is a permanent tribute that offers the opportunity to show your family’s or company’s support to our fallen officers.

What We Do

We Honor Service to the Community

Each year in May, the Police Memorial Society remembers fallen officers during the Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Commemoration, a schedule of events for family, friends and the entire community. The 34th Annual Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society Commemoration will coincide with Police Week in 2019. Events include:
  • Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Parade
  • Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Service
  • Public Safety Fair & Expo: Exhibits and interactive displays by first responders on Saturday of the Commemoration.
  • Cleveland International Tattoo
    Enjoy the stirring sounds and pageantry of the Pipes and Drums, marching bands, drill teams, dancers and choruses. A heart-pounding and high energy salute to our safety forces, our armed forces . . . our country!
In addition to the events described above, the Police Memorial Society also presents the following awards to outstanding law enforcement officers and members of the Greater Cleveland community who provide exceptional support to the Police Memorial Society and the law enforcement community:
  • Samuel H. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award
  • PO Anthony J. Johnson Memorial Police Officer of the Year Award
  • Patrolman Norman A. Drew Memorial Citizen of the Year Award
  • Lance Corporal Andrew W. Nowacki Memorial Veteran of the Year Award
  • GCPOMS President's Award
Information about nomination and award criteria...

We Support Families

Jason Gresko MonumentThe Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society provides financial assistance and ongoing emotional and practical support to the families of fallen officers. Thanks to support of our members and generous donors, the Police Memorial Society is able to provide financial assistance to families of fallen and injured officers to help.

We Advance Education for Law Enforcement

Additionally, the Police Memorial Society awards the Peter Lawer Memorial Scholarship each year to a police officer furthering his/her education, or a student pursuing a degree in law enforcement or a related field, and planning a career in law enforcement. The scholarship is awarded each May during the annual Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Commemoration. Scholarship criteria...

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