Sandusky police get station updates with memorial donation

At times, Sanduksy police officers and commanders felt handcuffed performing daily duties inside the outdated Meigs Street police station. There have been times when officers had to wait for colleagues to finish writing incident reports on one of four computers inside a cramped report room.
Andy Ouriel
Sep 18, 2012

At times, Sanduksy police officers and commanders felt handcuffed performing daily duties inside the outdated Meigs Street police station.

There have been times when officers had to wait for colleagues to finish writing incident reports on one of four computers inside a cramped report room.

When a workstation opened, taller officers had to duck and weave to avoid bumping their heads on large, outdated TVs hanging from the ceiling.

Other problems inside the station ranged from employees feeling unsafe with faulty security measures to the appalling and outdated color scheme on the walls.

But thanks to Cedar Point, some shortcomings have been addressed.

John Hildebrandt, Cedar Point’s vice president and general manager, sent a letter to city officials in March informing them of a $50,000 gift to the police department.

“Cedar Point is making this donation in honor of (slain Sandusky police) Officer Andrew Dunn, who died in the line of duty,” Hildebrandt wrote.

Dunn previously worked as a Cedar Point police officer before joining Sandusky’s force in May 2008.

Recently, workers began installing the more aesthetically pleasing features, such as bulletproof glass to separate the records room from the main entrance where the public enters and congregates with public workers.

“It won’t stop a .50-caliber (gun), but it will stop everything else,” Sandusky police Chief Jim Lang said, pointing to the new protective, see-through barrier. “It also helps with morale.”


Cedar Point’s $50,000 donation was used to:
• Install bulletproof glass to separate the lobby and records room from the main entrance.
• Purchase eight Dell computers primarily for officers to use for filing incident reports, replacing four old terminals.
• Buy and install three flat-screen TVs to monitor areas in and around the police station. One TV tracks and pinpoints the whereabouts of all Sandusky police cruisers roaming throughout the city.
• Upgrade countertops and other equipment in the report room.
• Paint throughout several hallways and a new coat inside the classroom
• Install new carpet inside the classroom.
• Installation of a SMART Board in the classroom to watch training videos, for instance.

There’s also enough money leftover to revamp the records room, including installing new carpet and removing antiquated filing cabinets. Other short-term projects soon coming to the department include improvements to the garage and exercise room.

Comments

rickross2

Thank you Cedar Point. Thats a very nice gesture.

Lisa Wobser

WAY TO GO  Mr.John Hildebrandt, Cedar Point’s VP and GM.

You are continually inspiring our community and with the dedication in Honor of Officer Andrew Dunn is something that he would of wanted for his 'Brothers in Blue'. (to serve and protect)

The generosity of donors like yourself, who answer the call of duty to give again and again is outstanding! Thanks C.P.

richrs

and just think of the tax write off they can get.

rickross2

And here come the negative nancys. How can u see a problem with free money? Its not like it was gonna go in your pocket if the SPD didnt get it. It should be write off!! Jerk off.

Kelly

Whether it was for a tax write-off or not, who cares? They could have given that money anywhere to get  tax write-off but they gave it to the SPD in Officer Dunn's memory. Figures somebody would come on here & be a jerk.

deertracker

For a place like CP the tax write off is small but it was a very nice gesture.  That place is old down there and could use a few upgrades.

totallyamazed

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Thank you CP

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Mom of 2 boys

 Thank you Cedar Point!! It is awesome our officers received a much deserved update to their workplace. 

Having the proper tools to do your job is of utmost importance, and the cosmetic work will definately contribute to morale.

Again, thank you, and I'm sure Officer Dunn would appreciate it.

 

Fireside

Thanks CP! 

You are a HUGE asset to our community. Because of you and the taxes your company generate, my local taxes stay low. THANK YOU   

richrs

I'm not being negative nor taking away what CP did. And it was a great gesture on their part to honor Ofc. Dunn this way. But realize no one does anything without a reason. Especially a large corporation. And it you think that makes me a jerk off for pointing it out, well that's your opinion, and those are like rectal orifices, everyone has one.

richrs

@ rickross2

I just spent more than that on my new truck, so not really worried what pocket CP's money is going in. Never said it was going in mine.

 

@ deer

it needs more than a few upgrades. but this is a real good start. next upgrade a good chief.

Katelih-Trailer...

That's fantastic !

tcj1985

Not trying to be a wet blanket here, since this is a great story.  But the third word in the first sentence is spelled wrong, SANDUKSY Register.

;)

deertracker

I agree richrs......definitely need a new chief...........lol @ tcj.................Fireside.......exactly which taxes do they keep low for you?  The city does alot for CP and looks like they will be doing more!

Fireside

My city income tax has not been increased in many years. Although my salary has risen so I pay more, the rate is the same. Keep in mind, 2 out every 4 dollars in the city's general fund are tied to Cedar Point. Without CP do you think the COUNTY sales tax would be what it is? That tax also has not been raised in years but continues to go up. Would 250 be what it is without CP? All $$$$$$ because of CP. For the reasons above......bring on the traffic!