Geauga Lake pushing bill that allows amusement parks to form police departments

Posted Monday, February 14, 2005 10:51 AM | Contributed by supermandl

In a bid to beef up security, Geauga Lake and Wildwater Kingdom officials are urging lawmakers to allow the 690-acre park in Aurora to form its own police department. The park wants to eliminate reliance on local departments.

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Monday, February 14, 2005 11:22 AM
I think this would be agood move. J/W but does Dorney, MA, and KBF also have their own police departement or is CP the only one to have this ?
Monday, February 14, 2005 12:25 PM
Dorney does not have its own police department, but its normal to see the local police walking around the park.
Monday, February 14, 2005 1:03 PM
I dont know if this is good at all. There is alot of liability involved in having your own police force, escpecially given the powers of carrying a firearm and too arrest people. Most police officers in the US get at least 20 weeks of training at a minium with more inservice training during the year and that is alot of cost for a park to take on. Then when you get into the possibility of lawsuits for use of force/false arrest/improrper training etc it leave the possbility open for large awards if this would happen which is much easier for a city with taxing authority to handle than a theme park. Also citiies/state governments can much easier pass laws limiting there ability to be sued than any private business will be able too.
Monday, February 14, 2005 1:09 PM
However, there are plenty of out of work cleveland police officers that I think would love to be working in the law enforcement field. They wont be just hiring any joe shmoe off the street. They would hire commishened officers for sercurity that would have all the training required by law. If CF can do it at CP im pretty sure they can do it at GL.
Monday, February 14, 2005 4:05 PM
Jeff's avatar Cedar Point already has its own police. The arrangement at GL I'm sure is a pain because of the way it straddles two municipalities. Of course there's liability involved, but they're insured for that, just like anything else. I'd rather they go this route than put up those stupid metal detectors.
Monday, February 14, 2005 6:26 PM
So if this was accepted by the county or whatnot, the new police force would be ready and in effect for 2005?

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