Division of Police



The Cleveland Division of Police was established on May 1, 1866, with the passage of the Metropolitan Police Act. It was reorganized on April 1, 1871, when the Ohio General Assembly allowed taxes to be levied to pay for police services, and was officially classified as a Division of the Department of Safety to be led by the Director of Public Safety in 1903.

Chief Dornat (Wayne) Drummond

Chief Drummond began his law enforcement career in the Division’s First District on May 8, 1989.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2000 and Lieutenant in 2002, supervising units such as the Fugitive Unit while also serving as the Division’s Public Information Officer.

In 2005, Chief Drummond was appointed to the rank of Commander, overseeing the Division’s Fifth District on the City’s northeast side, including the Collinwood and Glenville neighborhoods.

On February 10, 2014, he was named Deputy Chief of Field Operations, overseeing the Division’s five Neighborhood Districts, the Bureau of Traffic, the Bureau of Community Policing, and Special Events.

Chief Drummond is a graduate of both the University of Toledo and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy Class 230. A native of Jamaica, he grew up in Cleveland’s Cedar Avenue neighborhood.


The mission of the Cleveland Division of Police is to serve as guardians of the city of Cleveland community. Guided by the Constitution, the Division shall enforce the law, maintain order, and protect the lives, property, and rights of all people, building relationships and connecting with residents to create a more progressive, dynamic police force.

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