Michigan village police department restarts

Associated Press

Oakley – — Police in a small Saginaw County village have resumed patrols after securing liability insurance.

Oakley Police Chief Robert Reznick obtained the insurance and reinstated patrols over the weekend. The Oakley Board of Trustees voted 5-1 Tuesday to disband the force of about 12 certified officers because it didn’t have insurance. The village has a population of 300 but about 100 reserve officers.

Trustee Francis Koski tells WEYI-TV the police department shouldn’t have resumed without board approval. He says the board should have reopened the department because it shut it down.

Reznick tells the Saginaw News the council’s action allowed the department to resume as soon as it had insurance. He says he disagrees with critics who say the village has too many officers because the police presence stops crime.