Dewine wants private police records public

Critics, including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, say it’s time to demand the same accountability and transparency from private police officers.
Associated Press
Jan 20, 2014

 

More than 800 privately employed Ohio police officers carry guns, use deadly force and have the authority to search, detain and arrest people. And under state law, they’re all allowed to keep their records secret, even from crime victims.

A special report by The Columbus Dispatch found the private police officers work for 39 employers made up of mostly private universities and hospitals. They, like their employers, are exempt from the public-records laws that public-sector police agencies must follow.

Critics, including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, say it’s time to demand the same accountability and transparency from private police officers. DeWine said he will ask state legislators to change Ohio law to make private police forces subject to public-records laws.

Comments

Centauri

"And under state law, they’re all allowed to keep their records secret, even from crime victims."

One example of corrupt Ohio.

xtensionofme

Agreed. It gives far too much latitude to law enforcement to sweep under the carpet that which they don't want the general public to be privy to: their own incompetance & dishonesty.

Babo

Does Cedar Fair have a private police force?

swiss cheese kat

Yes.

Babo

Thanks for the information. Also, didn't former Chief Nuesse try to bring the police force of Cedar Fair under her control just prior to everything going south with her job? I've heard rumors that a lot of illegal things go on that doesn't get reported.

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DEEPsix

YES THEY DO,,,,,,, Kinzel has private security for his wife and himself at events...

Centauri

http://www.daytondailynews.com/n...
"Peace officers who work separate from traditional city and county forces are playing a significant role in Ohio law enforcement, providing what one police chief calls a “necessary” service. Those officers, whose ranks are growing, are employed by organizations such as hospitals, colleges, airports and even a regional transit authority."

wetsu

Dear Mike,

While you are at it please pursue making public the financial records of RobsOhio.

Centauri

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...
"But the city's law director said that shouldn't be the case. Crime reports are public information, he said, and Cedar Point's private police force is required to make reports available to the public because it is an extension of the Sandusky Police Department."

"A city ordinance that complies with a state law governing private police forces gives the Cedar Point Police Department authority to enforce laws on Cedar Point property."

"Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann's office said a private police force is required to make all crime and incident reports available."

Babo

Thanks for the article. It looks like it is a republished article. Do you know the original publication date?

I thought at the time the issue of requiring Cedar Point police reports be public and that the private force be overseen by SPD was the real motivation behind the campaign to discredit and terminate Chief Nuesse.

Centauri

http://tinyurl.com/km8qxdj
How about August 1, 2007?

http://amusementauthority.blogsp...
Cedar Point Police Department video.

http://buckeyerino.com/2009/03/1...
"In Sandusky, Ohio, one doesn’t have to sift through nuance and subltety to find instances of sexism. No. In Sandusky, the Good Old Boys’ tastes in misogyny trend more toward sexism that’s blatant and overt."

Babo

Wow! August 1, 2007 just shortly before the "play" begins. Also enjoyed Buckeye Rino blog. Too bad he didn't catch the connection with CP and the fact that a lot of the types of activities that the Good ol Boys seem to enjoy appear to go unreported by CP police.

Julie R.

It's also way past time, Mr. DeWine, to start demanding accountability for judges, prosecutors, & other public officials. You might even start to demand accountability from those corrupt old rent-a-judges that they are forever using.