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Oakley Police Department back on the streets, controversy continues

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Drama is once again unfolding in Oakley.  Just days after the police department is suspended by village leaders, squad cars were back on the streets on Friday night.

"If something happens, I at least know I tried," said Oakley Village Trustee Francis Koski.

In a 5-1 vote on Tuesday, village trustees decided to shut down the police service until they got liability insurance.  That's why Koski was shocked to hear the police department was up and running again on Friday.

"There was a policy paid and obtained today. The department is operating 100 percent covered with that policy," said Oakley officer Don Simpson.

Simpson is a part-time officer who spoke with TV5 on Friday night.  He said Oakley Police Chief Rob Reznick was able to purchase insurance and put his department back in service.  Koski doesn't think the chief had the right to do this.

"Mr. Reznick, in my eyes, has turned around and, as far as his employment, it's insubordination."

And Koski questions where the money for the policy came from.  He said on Friday the $25,000 policy was paid for by reserve officer donations.  Officer Simpson wouldn't go so far to confirm that, but did say this.

"For the village of Oakley, there's a wonderful group of people who, for their own reasons, choose to support the village of Oakley," Simpson said.

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