The following letter was sent to Royal Oak Patch by Patrick Stanton, a Royal Oak resident and a member of the Royal Oak Detectives Association for 11 years:
As both a resident who raises a family in the city and as an employee who helps protect this city, I urge support for the Public Safety Millage.
I can proudly state that despite years upon years of deep cuts to our agency and the corresponding loss of select services to the citizens that the officers, detectives and command officers of the Royal Oak Police Department have continued to defy the odds and honorably provide excellent police services.
As a former officer in the United States Army, I see the same tireless service and attention to detail that my soldiers displayed during two stressful deployments. However, just as with soldiers, there comes a time when continuing to charge forward under stressful conditions, you reach a breaking point. After nearly a decade of cuts and decreasing resources, it's become increasingly obvious that the city's public safety services are perilously close to the breaking point.
The men and women of every single public safety-related bargaining unit in this city has negotiated and agreed to concessions unprecedented in this city’s labor history. We did so in good faith, because we realized the financial challenges facing the city and wanted to be part of the solution.
It is often said that one of the greatest character flaws of individuals within the realms of military or law enforcement organizations, is failing to ask for help before you’ve reached a point where you’re about to be irreparably overwhelmed. I respectfully am asking for that, immediate help.
It is time for our elected officials and citizens to commit to a course of action and get us the help that we desperately need.
We simply cannot afford to wait any longer.
Det. Patrick Stanton