The Upper Sandusky Police Department

120 North 7th Street
(419) 294-2324

Message from the Chief of Police

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website for the Upper Sandusky Police Department and to thank you on behalf of the men and women of this department for visiting our page. The Upper Sandusky Police Department is comprised of thirteen full time officers and approximately ten auxiliary/reserve officers. The department also has four full time dispatchers and one part time dispatcher. Upper Sandusky is the county seat of Wyandot County, located northwest of Columbus and Southeast of Toledo along State Route 23.

The men and women of the Upper Sandusky Police Department strive to provide an outstanding quality of life for our citizens and visitors through a community oriented approach. As our mission statement indicates, the department “embodies a community based philosophy that empowers all personnel of the Upper Sandusky Police Department and members of the community to share in the responsibility of solving problems and maintaining a safe community.” We seek to establish and maintain a safe community through our normal everyday patrol tactics and also our special programs.

On behalf of the City of Upper Sandusky and the Police Department, thank you for your interest in our website and community. Please feel free to contact the department should you have comments or questions at dross@uppersanduskypolice.org.

Announcements

The Upper Sandusky Police Department is currently hiring Auxiliary Police Officers.  Applications can be obtained at the dispatch center 24×7 or by emailing Chief Ross at dross@uppersanduskypolice.org

Current Events

We have been informed of a possible scam whereby persons are contacted and told that they have failed to pay a citation at the Upper Sandusky Police Department for a red light/speeding camera violation.  The Upper Sandusky Police Department does not operate traffic cameras.

Mission Statement

The Upper Sandusky Police Department is committed to providing quality service and fostering partnerships with all citizens and visitors through ongoing, daily, direct and positive contacts. We are committed to being responsive to community needs, enhancing mutual trust and reducing crime through pro-active policing. Our mission embodies a community based philosophy that empowers all personnel of the Upper Sandusky Police Department and members of the community to share in the responsibility of solving problems and maintaining a safe community.

Core Values

Respect—we will respect the constitutional, legal and human rights of all persons regardless of any bias or perceptions.

Integrity—integrity is expected both in performances of duty and in our personal lives. We shall conduct ourselves with the utmost honesty and professionalism at all times.

Enthusiasm—personnel shall display enthusiasm in the performance of their duty.

Courage—courage is expected not only in the face of danger but also the courage to do the right thing at the right time.

Persistence—personnel will apply themselves to the mission, vision, and goals of the department with such persistence as to achieve success in attaining those expectations.

Courtesy—courtesy shall be extended to all citizens, co-workers, and peers without fault.

Cooperation—cooperation shall be afforded between co-workers and external agencies so as to cultivate working relationships with all. We shall cooperate together to solve problems, share workloads, and take responsibility for completing tasks.

Service—service is demonstrated through the commitment to helping others, through personal sacrifice and teamwork, along with constant improvement of one’s self and the Police Department.

Divisions & Special Duties

Detective

Tasked with the investigation of major felony and narcotics investigations. The detective is in charge of all major felony scenes which include the interview of suspects and victims, evidence collection, and maintaining the evidence room.

School Resource Officer

Tasked with being the liaison between the Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools and the Upper Sandusky Police Department. The SRO conducts educational and informative programs at the schools including the Third Grade Safety Belt program, a “Sexting” program, Shop With a Cop, and a Drug Awareness program among others.

Canine Unit

Tasked with normal patrol functions however the position is also tasked with detecting and apprehending illegal narcotics traffickers; tracking criminal suspects, missing persons, and lost children; and providing public relations appearances and demonstrations.

Bicycle Patrol

Tasked with normal patrol functions however they are also expected to patrol the areas that are not able to be patrolled in a vehicle. Bicycle patrol officers also perform an integral part of the community oriented approach to law enforcement in that ey are also expected to make individual contacts with persons and businesses throughout the community.

Crisis Intervention Officers

These officers have been specially trained to deal with persons who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The officers went through an intensive forty-hour course which dealt with recognizing mental illness, medications, and de-escalating techniques to be used. There is currently at least one officer per shift trained in CIT.

Public Records Policy

It is the policy of the Upper Sandusky Police Department that openness leads to a better informed and an improved working relationship with its citizens. Public records held by this agency shall be made accessible to the public and media by all members of the Upper Sandusky Police Department.

It is the policy of this department to strictly adhere to the requirements of Ohio’s Public Records Law (ORC Section 149.43). The rule in Ohio is that public records are the people’s records, and that the officials in whose custody they happen to be are merely trustees for the people.

All exemptions to openness are to be construed in their narrowest sense and any denial of a public records request shall be accompanied by an explanation, including the legal authority by which the document is being withheld.

Security and Access / Hours of Operation

Records pertaining to the technical aspects of the Upper Sandusky Police Department (Calls for Service Reports, Accident Reports, Arrest Records and similar records) shall be accessible to all members of the Upper Sandusky Police Department during all hours of operation and therefore available to the public.

Records pertaining to individual officers (Disciplinary Records, Personnel Files, Training and Education Files and similar records) shall be maintained by the Mayor’s Office and all requests for such information shall be directed to the Mayor during regular business hours (M-F, 08:00-16:00 Hrs).

Records that will not be released

  • Confidential law enforcement investigatory records
  • Peace officer residential and familial information
  • Records the release of which is prohibited by state or federal law
  • Any documents or information generated through LEADS, NORIS and/or NCIC, and OHLEG.
  • Social Security numbers, dates of birth and driver license numbers.
  • Medical records.
  • Records that a judge ordered to be sealed per a statute

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I arrange for a tour of the police department?
Yes, for school age children and adults. Interested parties should call (419) 294-2324 or email Chief Ross at dross@uppersanduskypolice.org We will work with you to set a mutually convenient time, generally between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tours generally last under an hour and are tailored to the ages of the tour group.

What is the curfew for Upper Sandusky?
According to Upper Sandusky Municipal Ordinance:
Monday to Thursday 11:00 pm until 4:30 am
Friday to Saturday 12:00 am until 4:30 am
Sunday 11:00 pm until 4:30 am
For further information refer to Upper Sandusky Ordinance 509.09

Can I get a copy of a police report, arrest record or accident report?
Yes, contact the Upper Sandusky Police Department at (419) 294-2324 any time; come to the station at 120 North Seventh Street, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, 43351; or send a self addressed, stamped envelope with your request to the above address along with your request.

What number do I call in the event of an emergency?
In a true emergency situation, call 9-1-1. For general information, call (419) 294-2324.
In an emergency, why does a dispatcher ask so many questions? Why don’t they just send a car?
Questions are asked so that the dispatcher and the responding officers have all the necessary information regarding descriptions of vehicles/persons involved, any injuries, any weapons used, etc. This also helps the officers understand the severity of the situation, how many officers should respond and the priority for emergency/non-emergency calls. In short, the information helps us to respond more appropriately to your emergency.

My keys are locked in my vehicle, can the police help me?
Yes, however the owner of the vehicle must be present and must consent to the risk of possible damage from the use of the entry equipment. The Upper Sandusky Police Department will assume no liability if damage is sustained to the vehicle. To request an officer for assistance, contact (419) 294-2324.

I am locked out of my house, can the police help me?
Possibly, the police department does not have any special tools to access entry into a home however we may be able to assist. The homeowner must be present and must consent to the risk of possible damage from the use of the entry equipment. The Upper Sandusky Police Department will assume no liability if damage is sustained to the home. To request an officer for assistance, contact (419) 294-2324.

Can a speaker be requested for a local citizen group meeting or other types of gatherings?
Yes, the police department has a number of officers and a detective that can speak on a variety of topics. Please call the Upper Sandusky Police Department to arrange a time and date at (419) 294 -2324 or email Chief Ross at dross@uppersanduskypolice.org.

What are the restrictions regarding children and car seats?
Children who are in either or both categories of less than 4 years of age OR less than 40 pounds must be in a child restraint safety seat. Children less than 8 years of age, unless they have reached 4’9” in height must be in a booster seat. Children who are 8 to 15 years of age must use a seat belt. Please check the Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.81 for more information.

Can the police tell me how many points, accidents or other information are on my driver license?
No. Contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at (614) 752-7500.

My electric is out. Can the police tell me when the power will be back on?
No. Contact AEP (American Electric Power) at 1-800-277-2177.

I need my fingerprints taken for employment. Can the police department do that?
No. Contact the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office at (419) 294-2362.

My neighbor’s dog is barking, what can the police do?
Upper Sandusky Municipal Ordinance 505.09 states no person shall keep or harbor any dog within the Municipality which, by frequent and habitual barking, howling or yelping, creates unreasonably loud and disturbing noises of such a character, intensity and duration as to disturb the peace, quiet and good order of the Municipality. For further information consult the Upper Sandusky Ordinances 505.09.
Any person who violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
Contact the Upper Sandusky Police Department at (419) 294-2324.

What can I do about a stray dog or cat running loose?
Contact the Wyandot County Dog Warden at 419-294-5408. You can also contact the Upper Sandusky Police Department at (419) 294-2324.

What Can I burn on my property?
Inside a city or village, persons are permitted to burn clean, seasoned firewood or equivalent as long as the stack does not exceed 2 ft. high x 3 ft. wide.
Agricultural wastes and plant matter may be burned only if the burn is located more than 1000 feet from neighbor’s inhabited building and you must notify the EPA in advance.
You may not burn: land clearing waste or residential waste.
Contact the Upper Sandusky Fire Department for further information or questions at (419) 294-3322.

I received a citation. Can the police department tell me how much I owe and can I pay my citation at the police department?
No, the police dispatcher cannot tell you how much you owe nor can the dispatcher accept payment for a fine. Contact the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court at (419) 294- 3809.

Links

Upper Sandusky Municipal Court

Municipal Ordinances

Wyandot County Home Page

Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office

Ohio State Highway Patrol

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The Ohio Attorney General

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