Oakley, Mich., has a population of 300 people and had only one police officer for years.
In 2008, Robert Reznick became the chief of police, hired twelve police officers and sought volunteer cops.
Oakley's volunteer police force now includes: lawyers, doctors and two NFL players. Some of these police officers don't even live in the tiny town. One of the NFL players currently lives in Miami.
According to Vocativ.com, people can become an Oakley cop by simply paying $1,200 for a police officer uniform, gun and a bullet-proof vest. These officers are also expected to make financial donations to the police department.
These newly-dubbed cops can carry guns into places where normal Michigan citizens cannot, such as bars, daycare centers, gambling casinos and sports stadiums.
Amazingly, no one knows how many of these volunteer cops exist, except Chief Reznick.
“There’s no way to put a number of these people, which is part of the larger problem,” David LaMontaine, president of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Michigan, told Vocativ.com.
Chief Reznick, who lives 25 minutes outside of Oakley, countered, "I bring in thousands and thousands of dollars. Without the money from the police department, that town would not be running.”
However, the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Michigan Attorney General are investigating Chief Reznick and the Oakley police force, which was closed down last month because the department wasn't able to get insurance coverage.
“These people drop four or five grand and dress up to look like police. I have a problem with that," Donna LaMontaine, president of the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Michigan told Salon.com. “In some places, these reservists are allowed to access to the law enforcement information network, where they can run your license plate and find out where you live and look at your driving record. That’s happening.”
After a local reporter tried to obtain the names of these donors/cops last month, Chief Reznick claimed that releasing the names would put them in danger of the Muslim terrorist group ISIS, which is situated in Syria and Iraq.
“Whether or not that’s far-fetched doesn’t matter,” Chief Reznick told Vocativ.com. “Why would you want to put them in harm’s way?”
911 calls in Oakley are now being answered by Michigan State Troopers and law enforcement in nearby towns.