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Sandusky Police Department appreciates good headlines

Register • Jun 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

I would like to personally thank the Register’s editorial board that recognized the efforts of the Sandusky Police Department in Monday’s editorial. (“Police get their act together” Register Viewpoint, June 17).

The men and women of SPD have been working very hard in trying to establish relationships and build bridges in the community.

We’ve come a long way, we still have a ways to go. The positive stories that the reporters have covered and highlighted in the past year, along with the trust that has been developed through our staff and yours can only benefit the community.

Who would’ve thought we would be calling the SR reporter (Courtney Astolfi) at 1:30 in the morning to give just rewards for covering a story (Martin homicide), so that she could be the one with breaking news of an arrest?

It speaks volumes to the respect of our agency and your reporters. It really started back with Emil Whitis, that fences were mended and our detectives, who work with the reporters very frequently, began to develop a better working relationship and understanding that we both have jobs to do and cooperation goes a long way.

I’ve received numerous comments internally at the agency that it’s so nice not being in the “headlines”

As you’re aware, there were headline incidents in the past that were justifiably covered, and odds are there will be in the future.

However, we have committed to have an agency striving for PPAR (Pride, Professionalism, Accountability and Respect) and if we achieve this each day and strive for that each day, we will continue to remain headline free.

Our small part in providing safety and security of our residents and visitors is crucial for our city moving forward. We will continue to try and make a difference every day. The vibe and excitement of Eric Wobser will certainly add to our city being the best it can be.

Please pass along my thanks to the other members of the editorial board. Be assured of our continued cooperation of public information, so that we have an informed citizenry.

—John Orzech

Sandusky police chief

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