Latest Oakley MI reserve news

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  1. steveksux

    steveksux Massive Member

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    https://www.freep.com/in-depth/news...akley-police-chief-robert-reznick/1549651001/

    Former Oakley, MI Chief who had a reserve program around 150 strong in a town of 300 facing criminal charges.

    Backstory:
    In basically a pay to play scheme, $1500 donation got you badge, uniform, and eligible for unrestricted CPL. MI lacks state reserve standards. As a result mainly of this Oakley situation brought to light, MCOLES was given authority to set standards for reserves by the legislature..

    Thanks to MCOLES tireless efforts over the last 3 years, MI still has absolutely no standards for reserve officers. BUT at least MCOLES had the authority to create standards. Baby steps, folks, baby steps. Can't fix this overnight! Seriously, it's going to be tough, different departments use them differently, from unarmed crowd control to riding solo with full arrest powers, setting one set of standards to cover them all without destroying someones reserve program is impossible. Probably have to go with levels like CA.

    Chief was fired a while ago over this.

    Most Oakley reserves never set for in town or performed any details whatsoever. Kid Rock was an Oakley reserve.

    Back to the present article...
    Turns out he was also buying weapons in bulk for "police Dept" at substantial discounts then turning around and reselling them to the reserves for a tidy profit.

    Randy

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  2. ChiefWPD

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    And the problem with all that was....?

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    Well, if Predictable is Preventable, then if everyone who ever hired that individual had really looked into his background, perhaps some of these problems might've been averted?

    Is it really that easy to prevaricate on a background, academy records and state certification back there?

    Is there a POST organization who awards and records certificates earned (at least the Basic, Intermediate & Advanced)?

    Is there an accreditation loophole so large you could drive a train through it back there?
     
  4. steveksux

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    Not sure he had any issues at previous posts, but have a sneaking suspicion there had to be some tomfoolery in there somewhere.

    Up until 3 years ago, there was no POST agency responsible for reserve requirements. MCOLES certified (now licenses) regular officers. 3 years ago MCOLES was put in charge of reserve officer certification/regulations/requirements.

    But MCOLES hasn't gotten around to set any requirements or regulations for reserves since they got tasked to do so.

    With no POST (MCOLES) requirements or standards for reserves, there's nothing you have to bother faking, if that's what you were getting at. Presumably the Chief himself had to be MCOLES licensed, and any full time regular police (not sure if he had any regulars on the Dept, probably had a couple, but he might have been the only one).

    But who could have predicted a complete lack of regulations and certifications required for reserve officers could have lead to abuses like this????

    Disclaimer:. I'm sure most depts in MI use reserves responsibly, we had to attend abbreviated academy, pass same firearms training and quals as full time licensed officers, background checks, Detroit even has real psych evals, most of the agencies in the tri-country area do the same. But it's not required... Strictly optional from legal standpoint.

    You would think liability would make everyone do that, but there's no liability in Oakley if the reserves never show up in uniform to do any police functions, right? No liability if you don't actually use your reserves except to pay for departmental stuff with their "donation/processing/admission fee/bribe". It's just a Podunk town in mid Michigan.

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    Holy crap! I got bored after the current charges and the poor townspeople stuff, didn't finish the article...

    He faked his certification for a decade before getting certified... Plus tons more misdeeds...

    No idea how backgrounds and MCOLES didn't flag him earlier, depts must not have bothered to confirm certification with MCOLES, assuming nobody would fake something so easily checked. Betting agencies dropped the ball, MCOLES would probably caught it if they had been asked, how could they not?

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