When people go to the Sandusky Police Department, they typically use an in-station telephone to contact an officer. Reporters do the same when they need to speak to an officer.
My typical routine involves saying, “Hello. This is Andy from the Register. I’m here to pick up today’s reports.”
But as I picked up the phone, a police commander had anticipated me ringing up to his office. I punched in the four-dial code to speak to Sandusky police Chief John Orzech so I could meet him for a 1:30 p.m. on a recent weekday.
The other line answered “Sandusky Register.”
Caught a bit off guard, I played along and said “911, what’s your emergency?” I couldn’t tell if it was Orzech or Sandusky police Lt. Phil Frost. But I’m glad I wasn’t dispatched out for a crime.