While we appreciate the need to keep overtime in check, the cost to provide a "free lunch" is not a valid excuse to stop valuable training that could potentially save the city thousands of dollars and, more importantly, save lives. Free lunches? Huh? Is it really the city's responsibility to provide officers a "free lunch?"
It's apparent the high command at the Sandusky Police Department has problems prioritizing.
Sams said it will take some time to get the department's 50 employees additional training, but he intends to "get it done." But the acting police chief, who has held that position for two years now, seems to lack intention, and it grows more difficult maintaining any confidence in his leadership.
If the police department is unable to take advantage of free training opportunities, one has to wonder what other training might be going by the wayside. Firearms? Address identification? Sensitivity?
As the city shrinks its public safety services to meet declining revenues and a smaller population, it's more important than ever to figure out efficient ways to do more with less. We hope Sams & Co. can do that while keeping safety the top priority.