- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

OAKLEY, Mich. (AP) - A judge has declared there’s no police department in a small town in Saginaw County.

The Saginaw News (https://bit.ly/1sjHtz0) says Judge Robert Kaczmarek granted an injunction Thursday, saying Oakley can’t have a police department after the village council voted to disband it last month.

Chief Robert Reznick had resumed patrols after obtaining a privately funded insurance policy.

Oakley has roughly 300 residents, but Reznick had a corps of 12 officers and 100 reserve officers who lived around the state and helped pay for the police budget.

Concerned about liability and the reserve officers, the Michigan Municipal League canceled Oakley’s insurance in July.

Sheriff’s deputies will patrol the village. Oakley trustee Francis Koski, who filed the lawsuit, says the judge’s decision is an “absolute victory.”

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Information from: The Saginaw News, https://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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