Are the police around here lazy?

Today I was walking to O.C.C. in the lovely downtown area of Royal Oak and when I got to Sixth and Washington I waited at the light to cross. I happened to notice a police officer sitting at the light as well. As the light changed for traffic I was about to step into the street and noticed a car barreling down Washington with no intention of stopping. The lights had already changed and this car just drove through the red light like it was nothing. Right in front of a cop car. I thought for sure the cop would turn on the lights and siren and pull the guy over for either running a red light or going above the speed limit.
What happened next did shock me some. The cop just went about his business like he didn't see anything.
This has left me in disgust. While I understand the police cannot pull every single person over and ticket them, or solve every crime that lands in their lap, it does make me question my safety. Had I had small children with me who like to run across the road as soon as the walk light changes there would have been some major problems for sure.
Do the police only go after "easy tickets" or do they wait until after the bars get jumping to step up patrol and then hand out the tickets and make arrests for DUI?
I would like to think whatever the case may be the majority of the local police don't act like this and pay more attention to keeping the public safe. I can only hope it was a one time incident, but I have a feeling I will be sadly mistaken.
I can't wait to see what happens this spring and summer when people are bicycling on the sidewalks through the downtown area.

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K. Scott January 14, 2014 at 09:13 AM
I agree Bob.Maybe when he gets a stalker, he'll see the light.
l.c. January 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM
excellent forum to vent ones frustration & does it really matter who/whom posts? thank you org. poster for making the public more aware weather factual or not.the currant staffing level of the public safety dept. compared to what it was in the past leaves much to be desired.could be the officer in question was monitoring a more important situation by radio?I take for granted they know whats best given the tools at hand.we all are free to voice an opinion & to be critique of others for doing so isn't freedom.if Royal Oak could implement more cost cutting services (volunteer parking enforcement personal) maybe more boots could be on the streets.Oak Park seems to be OK with it.
Chris January 18, 2014 at 05:22 PM
Having read Chief O'Donohue's explanation ( http://royaloak.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/lazy-cops-chief-explains-why-officer-just-sat-there?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=picks-1-post&newsRef=true), I am curious what Patience's comment is now.
Patience January 20, 2014 at 09:44 PM
Considering none of the information in my posting above was incorrect, there is nothing that needs to be said. Also as I had stated in my post above had I had my 4 year old niece with me who likes to run across the street as fast as she can as soon as the walk light comes on, the police chief would be having an entirely different story to discuss. As for the police chiefs remark about giving a chance to handle things privately instead of on such a public blog, If this had been the first incident that had arose involving my concerns about public safety do you think I would've posted in a public blog about such matters? I have tried expressing concern about issues in the past only to be blown off and treated as though my concerns weren't valid and not getting any follow up. As I understand the patch and their blog system, it is a place for people to express their views; positive and negative.
B Lans January 21, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Do you still feel the ROPD to be lazy? I noticed the post where you mentioned the nine years you've lived here and the comment about "lazy" has been deleted.


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