Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society®

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Police Memorial MerchandiseWe invite you to shop our online products. With your purchase, you are supporting the operation of this organization whose purpose is to honor fallen officers. This website features selected memorial merchandise. All memorial merchandise will be available at certain GCPOMS Merchandise Sales.

Remembering Detective James Skernivitz, EOW Sept. 3, 2020

Detective Skernivitiz

It is with great sadness that we lose one of Cleveland’s finest, Detective James Skernivitz. The Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, September 11 at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Ave., Cleveland at 10 a.m.

Family is receiving friends at A. Ripepi and Sons Funeral Home (18149 Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights) Thursday, September 10 from 2-8 p.m. Please wear masks and maintain social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the family in support of Detective Skernivitz’s children’s education would be appreciated.

Watch the Virtual Commemoration

Hello friends -

We invite you to watch this video of our commemoration ceremony from Friday, May 15 at 9 a.m., when the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society read the names of fallen officers. Every year during Police Week the Society holds a ceremony at the Memorial to honor the memory of those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

June 2020 Epitaph coverMay 2020 Anniversary Issue - "The Epitaph"

  • Message from the President
  • In Memoriam
  • Badges of Courage

2020 Tattoo and Police Week Events Canceled

GCPOMS memorialDue to the current COVID-19 pandemic, The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society® Board of Directors has decided to cancel the events of Peace Officers Memorial Week and the Cleveland International Tattoo scheduled for May 15 and 16, 2020. This was a difficult decision, but the Board felt it was necessary to protect the health of all participants and to comply with all directives and guidelines of governmental and health agencies. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy. This is a challenging time in our lives, but we will get through this together.

GCPOMS will still place a wreath at the GCPOMS Memorial, as well as placing markers at the grave sites of each of Our Fallen Heroes. Blue lights will be placed at the Memorial during Peace Officers Memorial Week. Please remember our Fallen by lighting your blue light bulbs from last year during Police Week. “Keeping the Promise to Never Forget Our Fallen Heroes.”

Your continued support is important to GCPOMS and is greatly appreciated.

As a reminder, if you have made reservations at the Downtown Double Tree Hotel, remember to cancel them at this time by calling the hotel at 216-241-5100.

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.

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 35th Annual Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society Commemoration will coincide with Police Week in 2020. 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 emotional and practical support to the families of fallen officers.

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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