Police Matron Anna Hart

Police Matron Anna Hart

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, July 24, 1916

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Anna Hart

Police Matron Anna Hart was killed after being struck on the head with an iron bed-post. The inmate who struck her was attempting to get her keys in his attempt to escape from the county jail. The suspect was sentenced to death and electrocuted on February 6, 1917.

Matron Hart had served with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office for six years and and is thought to be the first female officer in the United States. She is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio and was survived by her five siblings.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Executed

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Matron Anna Hart of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 70 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 24, 2023

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