Frequently Asked Questions
When someone is arrested, where do they go and how do I get in touch with them?
What are the curfew laws in Cleveland?
If a child is found in violation of curfew, minor misdemeanor citations are issued to the child’s parents.
Children 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 for the alternate school and/or proof of working hours.
Age 12 -- Dark
Ages 13, 14 – 9:30 p.m.
Ages 15, 16 – 11:00 p.m.
Ages 16, 17 – 12:00 a.m.
Where do I call to report a suspected drug house?
Persons should contact their local police station and ask for the Commander’s Office or the Vice Unit. It is not necessary to provide a name or phone number.
As much information as possible should be made available, including the address, time/day of most activity, and where they make transactions (side door, alley, etc.). If there is a crime in progress, call or text 9-1-1.
How do I check a person’s criminal record?
Criminal records can be obtained from the Division of Police Records File Section, located on the third (3rd) floor of 1300 Ontario St, Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 8:00 a.m. and. 3:30 p.m. Necessary information includes the person’s complete name, social security number, and date of birth. The criminal records check will list all felony and misdemeanor arrests. The cost is five (5) cents per copy.
Can I volunteer with the Division of Police?
Yes. The Division's Auxiliary Police program accepts volunteers. In this program, trained unarmed auxiliary officers volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per month patrolling, assisting at special events and crime fairs, and working to improve the quality of life in the City’s neighborhoods. For more information, contact the Bureau of Community Policing at (216) 623-5080.
How does a victim of a misdemeanor crime (assault or petty theft, for example) press charges?
First, the victim should file a police report to receive a report number that must be provided to the city Prosecutor’s Office. The prosecutor will then determine if charges can be filed. The Prosecutor’s Office is located on the eighth (8th) floor of the Justice Center at 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio.
I am a school teacher within the city of Cleveland. Who do I contact about having a police officer give a presentation to my class?
There are several education programs for children and youth. For complete information, call the Bureau of Community Policing at 216.623.5080 or visit the youth safety education page.
How can I find neighborhood crime statistics?
The Division of Police has a crime mapping tool. To use, click or tap this link.
What should I do if I see a crime being committed?
Call 9-1-1 in an emergency. Non-emergency issues can be reported by calling (216) 621-1234.
How can I become a Cleveland Police officer?
Complete these steps:
- Pass a written exam, physical agility test, and drug screening
- Undergo background, psychological, and medical evaluations
- If selected, complete intensive training lasting 26 weeks, during which a grade of 70% or higher must be maintained
Does the Division of Police offer internships?
A limited number of internships are offered per year. Call (216) 623-3327 for more information.
I think my car was towed by the police. What do I do now?
Contact the Cleveland Police Impound Unit at (216) 623-5079. Valid documentation and payment is required to release impounded vehicles.
How do I obtain a Parade Permit?
Apply for a permit with the Bureau of Traffic (phone: (216) 623-5188, fax: (216) 623-5190 located at 2001 Payne Avenue. A representative will contact applicants to arrange pick-up of the application after approval and will provide instructions for completing the permit process, which includes coordinating with the Special Events Office, the Safety Director’s Office, and a fee of $10.00.
How do I report a car that’s been parked on my street for over a month?
Contact your local police station or call (216) 621-1234. Please provide: the address the vehicle is parked in front of, along with the make, model, and color of the vehicle.
How do I report a basketball hoop placed in the street?
Contact your local police station or call (216) 621-1234.
I need to get fingerprinted for employment. Can the Division of Police help?
Currently, the Division of Police does not offer this service, but may be available through a private agency or suburban police department.
Is loud music coming from cars or homes illegal?
Yes. The law defines loud music as "plainly audible to persons other than those who are in the room in which such device or instrument is played (683.01)”; or “plainly audible to persons other than the occupants of said vehicle (683.02).” Police may warn or cite offenders and confiscate the equipment or source of loud music.
If I get into a car accident, do I have to go to the police station in the district where it occurred to file the report?
No, as long as the accident occurred in the city of Cleveland, individuals can go to any Cleveland police station to file a report.
How can I add information to a police report that I already filed?
Call (216) 621-1234 or go to any Cleveland police station.