Oakley controversy: Residents question the next step to find insurer
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
OAKLEY, MI (WNEM) -
As controversy continues to swirl around the Oakley Police Department, so does the fallout.
On Tuesday night, residents in the small village demanded answers as the village draws closer to losing its insurance.
Oakley leaders were told by the Michigan Municipal League earlier this year it plans to cancel the village's policy. They blame the Oakley Police Department's lack of cooperation and several lawsuits against the village.
TV5 first reported about the controversial reserve police force in Oakley in an I-Team report late last month.
The department allows qualified CPL holders to become reserve officers if they do the required training. Some of those reserves even donate thousands of dollars to the village and its police department. There are close to 100 reservists in the police department.
Some say it's the mismanagement of the police department that is causing Oakley to look for another insurer. But Oakley Officer Don Simpson spoke out at Tuesday's meeting, saying that isn't the case.
"Coincidently the same people trying to make a big stink about the reserve program here in Oakley are the same people who are on the receiving end of several complaints of a criminal nature," said Simpson.
He said Chief Rob Reznick runs a reserve program like any other small community, and he feels the outrage is misguided.
"They're successful people who have the ability to donate funds to causes they believe in, and over the last months and years here in the village of Oakley, they've donated a lot of money," said Simpson.
To see the complete TV5 I-Team report, CLICK HERE.
To see a report on lawsuits pending in Oakley, CLICK HERE.
Frankenmuth Police Department explains how their reservist program works HERE.
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Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:11:15 GMT
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