Can police departments give away gift cards?
We relayed Mike's concern along with a couple others to Sandusky police Chief John Orzech.
• How is the police department receiving these gift cards? Did the department buy them, confiscate them or receive them through a donation?
• How many gift cards, and what is the total collective value, in the police department's possession.
• Why would a police department give out gift cards to random people rather than donating them to a homeless shelter or some other nonprofit organization?
• Is this a standard practice of the police department to give away gift cards?
Orzech provided the following response:
The gift cards have been sitting in a desk drawer for over two years. I was advised they were from donations, although I wasn't around when they were received, so I'm not sure how all of them were donated to the department.
The gift cards have been raffled off in the past at local events, such as the Senior Triad or other such events.
The cards that are in the possession of the police department have about $300 value through 14 cards.
The cards have been raffled off at community events in the past. Quite frankly, I forgot they existed and will throughout the summer at events get rid of them as raffle things, such as Wightman Wieber, Touch A Truck, which is going to be announced soon or other such events. I really like one of your suggestions as there are Target cards so I will be giving those to the organizer of the back to school event at the Sandusky High School in August, so they can purchase school supplies for the kids