Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society®
We invite you to keep the promise to remember our fallen heroes in this issue of The Epitaph.
Get ready for the 3rd Annual Elks Law Enforcement Dart Tournament at Berea Elks Lodge #1815 on January 6, 2024. A day of competitive darts supporting the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society (GCPOMS). Law enforcement – active and retired – and Elks and Elk family members can compete in the fun!
Cleveland Police Collectors Show Makes Comeback
The Cleveland Police Collectors Show is back! New host Tony Gorsek welcomed 122 collectors and 37 tableholders and assistants to the comeback show on May 20 during Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Commemoration Week.
The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Remains Unscathed Amidst Downtown Storm
Unaffected by a recent severe storm in downtown Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial stands resilient.
COPS Ride - Thank you all!
Thank you to those who participated and especially to John Kiki's and COPS Ride for a wonderful event and for their continued support of GCPOMS.
Put your order in now for GCPOMS merchandise!
We 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.
Through a partnership with American Income Life Insurance Company, an AD&D benefit and other no-cost offers are being provided to all members of Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society.
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.
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 38th Annual Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society Commemoration will coincide with Police Week in 2023. 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
We Support Families
The 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.