Lebron James, Derek Jeter and... Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse? Sandusky's finest joins baseball and basketball players with their very own trading cards.
"The real-life heroes are everyday people who serve," Nuesse said, "and police officers serve. Sometimes people forget that. We want our officers to be role models, so I think it will be a big deal to the younger kids."
"Cop Cards" depicting photos and bios of all 48 of Sandusky's police officers will be available at 8 a.m. today at the Sandusky Police Department, 222 Meigs St. Children can ask police officers for their cards, go to the police station to get featured cards or trade the cards amongst themselves.
Lt. Chris Hofacker was with the department 12 years ago when the first set of cards came out.
He said it encourages community interaction among Sandusky's youth and their parents.
"It's one of the best programs we've had," Hofacker said. "We want them to know that we're there to talk to."
Nuesse said the program was well-received, but funding issues kept the police department from doing it again -- until now.
The cards' return has been in the works for five months and was a partnership between the police department and Sandusky City Schools Safe School/Healthy Students program.
"We want kids to really understand that law enforcement helps protect them and keep them safe," said Marlene Boas, the program's project director.
The police department received about 500 sets of cards and expect to get another 800. The total cost of the cards was about $3,500, paid for with federal grants.
Sandusky city kindergartners through eighth-graders who collect the cards will be competing for prizes.
Assistant police Chief Charlie Sams said children -- and a growing number of adults -- are excited to see the cards.
"The funny thing is I've been approached by adults," Sams said. "Some of them were younger when the first cop cards came out."
A bonus card, featuring a police dog, will also be made available with children getting the opportunity to name the dog.
The first 50 students who collect all 48 cards will be entered into a drawing for a bicycle, Castaway Bay waterpark passes, a Damon's gift card and rides on the Sandusky Police Marine Patrol Boat.
The drawing is scheduled for 4 p.m. May 17 at the Wightman-Wieber Safety Fair at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion.
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*Where - Sandusky Police Department, 222 Meigs St.
*What - Collect all 48 cards
*Prizes - Castaway Bay waterpark passes, a Damon's gift card and rides on the Sandusky Police Marine Patrol Boat
*Drawing - 4 p.m. May 17 at the Wightman-Wieber Safety Fair at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion
*For information call 419-627-5863.