Plagued with a string of embarassing disciplinary issues, Interim police chief Jim Lang is announcing a new public relations plan for his department.
Last week, former drug dog handler James DeSalle was placed on administrative leave for lying about using tobacco while on duty. In 2009 he was under investigation for having 50 grams of methamphetamine in his locker.
"Some of these incidents are a result of plain sloppiness, which, in my eyes, is just as undesireable as cops who are intentionally criminal," Chief Jim Lang said. "They're supposed to be standard-bearers."
The department also recently suffered public embarassment as one officer was caught urinating in front of the police cruiser into the Sandusky bay. Another was arrested for drunk driving.
"This department is pretty relaxed right now. Some of our officers are acting like undisciplined clowns while on and off duty," Lang said. "Sometimes embarassment is the only way to straighten an organization out," said Lang.
For this reason, Lang says, he intends to heighten the scrutiny on individual officers who embarass the department. Design work has started on BINGO cards that will contain pictures of 25 of the most likely cop candidates to run afoul of the law. Citizens will be invited to play "bad cop bingo" by stamping out the pictures of each cop who gets caught breaking department rules, or the law, which brings general disrepute to the Sandusky police department.
"We'll announce which officer is guilty of the infranction, whether it be urinating on camera, drunk driving, storing unauthorized controlled substances at work, pandering to minors, writing false police reports, whatever - and the citizens can have some fun at the expense of the misbehaving cops. Somebody has to embarass these clowns into line, and it should be the city of Sandusky," Lang said. "If you get five in a row, call the station, hollar 'BINGO!' and you could be the lucky recipient of a new or used bicycle we'd normally auction off in the spring-time."
The Bingo cards will be available early next week. Lang said that the department is also planning on releasing "Garbage Pail Cop" cards after the Bingo contest is over.
SR Watcher recently visited Firelands Regional Medical Center for routine lab work. After receiving efficient, professional outpatient medical care, he stepped into the elevator where he witnessed an older gentleman in a wheelchair thanking a nurse who was assisting him to his car after an overnight stay at the hospital. SR Watcher listened intently as the older man lavished the young nurse with praise for how caring the hospital staff had been and how grateful he was for having receieved such compassionate and professional care right here in Sandusky Ohio. As the elevator door opened at the bottom floor, SR Watcher turned to the nurse, furrowed his brow and said, "Pffft. This place ain't no Cleveland Clinic."