Bill would make CP police reports public

“The only thing we’re interested in is Ohioans’ rights to public information”
Tom Jackson
Mar 18, 2014
Records from Cedar Point’s police force aren’t as accessible to the public as reports from the Sandusky and Perkins police departments because Cedar Point is a private company.

But a bill in the Ohio House would change that.

House Bill 429 would require private police forces in amusement parks, college campuses, hospitals and other locations to make their records available under Ohio’s public records laws, just as government police departments do.

State Rep. Heather Bishoff, D-Blacklick, and state Rep. Michael Henne, R-Clayton, introduced the bill last month. It was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, where it already has received a hearing.

Bishoff said a little bit more than 30,000 police officers in Ohio have received training from courses supervised by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. The officers have the power to seize property, detain people, conduct body cavity searches and use deadly force when necessary, she said.

Private police officers receive the same training and have the same powers, so they should also be subject to public records laws. If a citizen is arrested by a private police officer and his property is seized, he should have the right to obtain reports on the matter, Bishoff said.

She said private universities, hospitals and railroads with private police forces have asked if her bill would make private company information public. She said that’s not the intent of the bill.

“The only thing we’re interested in is Ohioans’ rights to public information” she said. The language in the bill is being rewritten to make that clear, she said. Cedar Point did not have any immediate comment on the bill Monday.

Bishoff said early prospects for the bill’s passage appear to be good.

“There’s been a lot of interest in it. Time will tell” she said. Bishoff said that as with her other legislation, she made a point of getting a Republican co-sponsor. “I really have no business trying to push a piece of legislation if I can’t gain the support of someone on the other side” she said.

Comments

Man of the Republic

Tom, you should reach out to our local State Rep to get his opinions on the matter. You know, keep him tied back to the community not just down in Columbus all the time.

Restless1

Same powers, same rules. The bill must pass.

sandman312

Criminal charges from Cedar Point Police (ex: drugs, assault, etc) are submitted to Sandusky Municipal court where you can still obtain through public records. The rest will probably read something like this...
"Subject was found to be line jumping and was escorted off premises."

This is the same paper that threw a hissy fit when they couldn't get the dash cam video of Andy Dunn being murdered.

mrsshell

Yes, the bill must be passed!! A resident of the OVH had $650 stolen there, and they said they caught the person receiving the money on video...but would not give any information on why there was no restitution to the resident. And would not release the police report?? They fall under DIFFERENT guidelines...as the son was trying to find out what happened, and what was being done about it. But was refused access to the event there.
So, if this is what the bill is going to do...as maybe some other residents or families of the resident would like to know or be informed that the activity took place....would that be a bad thing??? I think not!

IT'S ME

Do private police departments receive tax payer dollars?

OldRightWingNut

Where does the "ex officio" mayor stand on this issue?

Stop It

Line jumping is a fav for the SW crowd.

MrSandusky

Speaking as a former CP Police Officer, I think that the public would be shocked if they found out what really happens over there. CP will fight this and fight this hard, their squeaky clean façade depends on this information not becoming public. Something tells me they will just find another way to hide it.

rbenn

Rapes and such are a real problem, and happens on a regular basis. Its never reported to keep the reputation clean at CP. Mrsandusky u are 100% correct.