Division of Police

Dorothy A. Todd - Chief

Chief Dorothy A. Todd

Chief Dorothy A. ToddChief Todd's journey in Public Safety began as a Traffic Controller in 1998 and transitioned to the Cleveland Division of Police in September of 2000. Through her steadfast commitment and exemplary performance, she steadily rose through the ranks, attaining the positions of Sergeant in 2012, Lieutenant in 2017, and Commander of the Third District in 2019. Her leadership as Commander extended across many of the city's vibrant neighborhoods, including Downtown, Fairfax, Hough, Central, and Little Italy. She adeptly fulfilled the role of Incident Commander for numerous high-profile events in the downtown area, including Presidential visits, debates, MLB All Star, the NFL Draft, NBA All-Star, the Cleveland Air Show, as well as various parades, marches, demonstrations, and festivals.


The mission of the Cleveland Division of Police is to serve as guardians of the Cleveland community. Guided by the Constitution, we shall enforce the law, maintain order, and protect the lives, property, and rights of all people. 

We shall carry out our duties with a reverence for human life and in partnership with members of the community through professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence in policing.

Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

The Cleveland Division of Police provides mental health and crisis intervention services to those in need. 

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Persons should contact their local police station and ask for the Commander’s Office or the Vice Unit. Or call 3-1-1. It is not necessary to leave a name or phone number.

As much information as possible should be made available, including the address, time/day of most activity, and location where transactions take place (side door, alley, etc.). If there is a crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The victim should report the crime to police by calling 216.621.1234 or filing an online crime report. An officer will provide a report number that can be taken to the city prosecutor’s office, located on the eighth (8th) floor of the Justice Center (1300 Ontario Street). The city prosecutor will determine if charges can be filed. 

If a child is found in violation of curfew, minor misdemeanor citations are issued to the parents.

Students must not be on the streets on school days between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. There are exceptions for early dismissal, alternative schools, and working students. In those cases, the student must have either a pass or ID indicating the alternate school and/or working hours.

At age 12, students must be off the street by dark, ages 13 and 14 must be off the street by 9:30 p.m., ages 15 to 16 must be off the street by 11 p.m., and students age 17 must be off the street by 12 a.m.


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