The Greater Cincinnati Police Museum
“Preserving the History of Law Enforcement in the Greater Cincinnati Area”
Major Earl Edward Price Jr. Price
Earl was born December 19, 1956 in Richmond, Virginia. He was influenced to be afraid of law enforcement growing up as a young child in the inner-city and during the race riots of the 1960s, but he grew to respect law enforcement sufficiently to choose it as his profession.
Earl joined the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in 1981 and served as a Corrections Officer. He was promoted through the ranks. Always involved with his community, he also taught security and self-defense at schools, churches, and corporations. During the 1990s and beyond, he and then Captain Charmaine McGuffey taught self-defense sessions for the YMCA. During Black History Month 2008 he was he was honored by the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum for his outstanding 27-year career in law enforcement – and he was not finished.
By 2014, Captain Price was managing the carry concealed weapons training program for the Office. By 2020, he was promoted to Major and put in charge of the Special Services Division. During August 2020, he and the Police Museum participated in an important, broadcasted panel discussion at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center regarding police/minority relations. He was also working with the Freedom Center to create a training program addressing implicit bias. By the end of the year, he had researched, planned, and staffed a major ethics-based training program to be implemented during December 2020 in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
Major Price retired January 4, 2021 with almost 40 years of service to his community and many more accomplishments too numerous to mention.
Both the Freedom Center and Police Museum were considering him for assistance with future race-relation programs, but on his 47th day of retirement, February 19, 2021, he suffered a fatal heart attack.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Records Clerk Karen Teresa (Rhodes) Price; daughter, Mariama Nicole Price; and nephew, Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Price.
Visitation will be held 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at the House of Joy Christian church at 3220 Central Parkway. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Spring Grove Cemetery.
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