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.

to all who came out to support the 31st Annual Commemoration

The Police Memorial Society sponsored the 31st Annual Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society Commemoration in conjunction with National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day May 14-22. Public events included a parade down Lakeside Avenue (“Police Memorial Way”) followed by a commemorative service at the Peace Officers Memorial.

Join us in 2017 for next year's National Police Week events and the 32nd Annual Commemoration!

  • National Police Week Events, Cleveland, OH.: May 14-21, 2017
  • 32nd Annual Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Commemoration: May 18-21, 2017

Thank You

Enjoy's video coverage of the Police Memorial Parade. The parade marked the most prominent display of camaraderie during the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society's week-long commemoration:

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Featured Event

May 21 - 7:00 PM

The Cleveland International Tattoo in action

Spectacular performances of music, song, drill and dance

The premier event of each year's commemoration is the Cleveland International Tattoo. In the time-honored tradition of the military tattoo, the pipes & drums of numerous police departments throughout the United States and Canada – as well as marching bands, drill teams, dance and choral groups – combine their talents in a spectacular display of pageantry and music. The entire community joins together in remembrance, fellowship and celebration to salute our safety forces, our military and our country.

This family-friendly patriotic concert highlights the best musicians, dancers and performers from across the globe. Past performers include police, military, and childrens groups from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Turkey, Australia, Ukraine, Poland and Greece.

Memorial Expansion & Ceremony

May 20, 2016

A police officer standing watch at the Cleveland Police Memorial

Please stand with us as we “Keep The Promise… to never forget our fallen heroes.”

Memorial before unveiling

Memorial before unveiling

The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society announced its plan for an expansion of their Memorial. "It has come to our attention that there were as many as nine officers who made the supreme sacrifice, but whose names are not on the wall for various reasons. Their time to be honored is overdue, and we are taking steps to remember their sacrifice," said Chas Lane, President of the GCPOMS.

Memorial as proposed

Memorial as proposed

Two additional pillars will be added to the current memorial, ensuring space for the nine officers as well as names to be added for years to come. The work will be completed for the 31st Annual Police Memorial Commemoration Anniversary with the unveiling on Friday, May 20, 2016.

Anyone wishing to become a sponsor or donate to this project at any level, including in-kind services, please contact Executive Director Kathy Delaney at (216) 538-6798 or donate online.

2016 Awards

Lifetime Achievement James McManus Chief, Village of Kipton Police Department

Man of the Year Thomas Mulgrew Bailiff, Cleveland Municipal Court

Police Officer of the Year Timothy Higgins Sergeant, Cleveland Division of Police, Bureau of Community Policing

Veteran of the Year Kevin Kincaid Sergeant, Cleveland Division of Police, Fifth District & Bomb Squad

Honored Friend Bob McKeown Lieutenant (Retired), Village of Bratenahl Police Department

Scholarship Mark Maguth Sergeant, Cleveland Division of Police, Fifth District & Bomb Squad

President's Award Joseph Mannion Lieutenant (Retired), Ohio State Highway Patrol, Trustee of GCPOMS

Schedule of Events
Schedule (pdf)

Saturday, May 14

Grave Marker Ceremony & Placement

8:00 a.m.

Police Memorial Square (Huntington Park)

For questions or to volunteer, contact John Dean, (216) 272-4469 or

Monday, May 16

Candlelight Vigil

8:00 p.m.

Police Memorial Square (Huntington Park)

Contact Tim Hassing, (216) 337-5295 or

Wednesday, May 18

Street Survival Seminar

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Further details to be determined

Contact Steve Hirst,

Thursday, May 19

Street Survival Seminar

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Further details to be determined

Contact Steve Hirst,

Cleveland Police Badge Case Ceremony

10:55 a.m.

Cleveland Police Headquarters, 1300 Ontario St.

Heroes Welcome Reception

8:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.

The Clevelander - 34 Huron Road

Contact Kathy Delaney, (216) 538-6798 or

Friday, May 20

Police Memorial Parade

10:30 a.m.

Lakeside Ave. Westbound from E. 12th to W. 3rd St.

Contact Don Searle, (330) 416-1029 or

Memorial Service

11:30 a.m.

Police Memorial Square (Huntington Park)

Contact Joe Mannion, (216) 389-0246 or

Luncheon for Parade Participants

Immediately following memorial service

FOP Lodge 8 Hall, 2249 Payne Ave.

Steak Roast, Scholarship & Awards Ceremony

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

CPPA Hall, 1303 W. 58th St.

Contact Michelle Tighe (440) 777-9604 for tickets or

Saturday, May 21

Police Collectors Show

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Lakeside Grand Ballroom
Admission, Vendors & Collectors Information...

For information contact Wendy Platt, (440) 227-2382 or

Cleveland International Tattoo

7:00 p.m.

Public Auditorium

For information contact Kathy Delaney, (216) 538-6798,

After Tattoo Cast Party

10:00 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton - Ballroom


After Tattoo Party

CPPA Zone Car Lounge, 1303 W. 58th St.

Sunday, May 22

Police Memorial Mass & Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Our Lady of the Angels, 3644 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland

4th Annual Officer Down 5k

11:00 a.m.

Lineup at the Memorial

Contact TJ Burke, (412) 980-0085 or


FEATURED HOTEL DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Lakeside. A block of rooms is reserved for May 19, 2016 through May 22, 2016. This special room rate will be available until April 19th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. If sold out, you can call the main line 216-241-5100 Extension 3232 to be put on a wait list. Details...

Hampton Inn A backup block of rooms will also be reserved at Hampton Inn Cleveland-Downtown. Details...

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