Posted Monday, January 19, 2004 8:06 AM | Contributed by supermandl
The Geauga County Sheriff's Department will no longer provide deputies to patrol Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, a controversial practice that started a decade ago. Officers who worked the park were not full-time deputies; instead, they typically were law enforcement rookies who lived in the area and wanted to bolster résumés while earning a few extra dollars over the summer.
Read more from The Plain Dealer.
They really were considered (by many) a joke. They have caused the park, and the city, MANY "Newsworthy" stories.
Since SFWoA is FINALLY realizing they need more employee training (stated at NoCoasterCon.) And they are also building a new security post (as seen by doing drive-bys. Not to mention they no longer need that police to just sit there and press the little button so you can cross the street. This is a good step for the city and park.
"The Future of Roller Coasters"
#2 it's in SFWOA's better interest to have a fully trained security detail, rather than a bunch of yahoo locals with glory on their mind, monitoring the park looking for trouble. Many times these folks can't handle the difference between lawbreakers and un-ruly guests and over react causing a guest injury.
Lets see---now we've got police departments getting out of the business of protecting and serving because they don't want the liability! How long before amusement parks get rid of all of their thrill rides because they don't want the liability!?
You see...Bainbridge, which is located in Geauga Co., has been trying to do away with their *neighbor* for years. They didn't mind the smell of dead fish and the barking sea lions all year 'round....NOOOO. It was that cheesy, tacky, amusement park with their loud rides that run only in a few months of the year that doesn't fit into their stuffy image.
I wouldn't be surprised if the park tried to sue the county over the Villian incident since the Sheriffs deputies are ultimately responsible for protection of park patrons via their contract with the park. Geauga county and Bainbridge Twp.were offended that the cheesy amusement park would even consider trying to sue them, so they got together and decided to put the screws back at the park by pulling the contract with the Sheriffs deputies.
Hoping the park would be forced not to open this year in light of not having time to staff a security force to protect its patrons, they could force their noisy neighbors' hand, or at least make life miserable for them. The park which has existed there for 116 years, isn't a good thing to have so close to housing developements that were built in the last couple of decades. Bainbridge is a quiet peacefull upper class community. Amusement parks don't belong there or fit into their image as a whole.
*** This post was edited by Thrillerman 1/19/2004 7:27:42 PM ***
The big problem is that the park lies within two local jurisdictions.
And in response to Thrillerman, the funniest thing about Bainbridge's eternal hatrid for the park is that anything they have done to hamper the park has failed miserably.
Though the training of these deputies were not below par, they all went through the academy and several of them also worked for different departments. The problem was the limitation placed on them by the main office.
This year there will be A LOT OF PROBLEMS with these deputies gone. Every little incident that goes on at Six Flags, they will call in for either Bainbridge or Aurora (They don't staff the amount of people per shift to handle the load.) There were enough incidents at six flags last year where this coming season these two departments will be faced with 40 call for assistance a day. The safety of Six Flags and the safety of these two towns are at risk because of a Sheriff who doesn't know how to treat his own men.
To top off this story, the Sheriff never told Six Flags anything about pulling the deuputies out, he let them read it in the paper. So now there are 40 people without a job. (Which I agree with the Sam, the Plain Dealer is very much Anti-SFWOA).
*** This post was edited by John Hammer 1/22/2004 1:34:01 AM ***
The only other park in the PD's market recieved plenty of bad articles this past season. And everyone said, they wouldn't care if it wasn't THAT park.
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