Lazy Cops? Chief Explains Why Officer Just Sat There

Community blogger didn't see what she thought she saw during in-progress bank stake-out.

Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O'Donohue responds to Patch blogger.
Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O'Donohue responds to Patch blogger.
When a Patch blogger wondered, "Are the police around here lazy?" it piqued the interest of Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O'Donohue. After getting more information – day, time and model of the police vehicle  – O'Donohue had this response for blogger Patience is a Virtue:

I have looked into the incident you described in the Patch regarding a Royal Oak officer not stopping a red light violator at Sixth and Washington on Jan. 9 around 12:30 p.m..  Thank you for providing the details necessary to make investigating this incident possible.  

On Jan. 9, this department had two SUV style police vehicles on the road.  Neither vehicle was in the area of Sixth and Washington.  One was patrolling in the northern portion of the city at the time, and was responding to a bank near 13 Mile and Woodward to investigate a fraud complaint; the other was on Woodward near 11 Mile searching for the same bank fraud suspect who had just left the scene. 

This in-progress bank fraud was broadcast over our police radio.  What I have discovered is that there was a Pleasant Ridge police car (all black, SUV style) assisting us in locating the suspect who had fled the bank.  The Pleasant Ridge officer was in the Sixth and Washington area looking for the suspect. Neighboring departments often assist each other with these types of calls.  It is very likely that the police vehicle you saw was the Pleasant Ridge vehicle.  Unfortunately, Pleasant Ridge is not able to enforce traffic violations that far outside of their jurisdiction.  Also, locating this suspect is a higher priority than traffic enforcement so it would not have been appropriate for that officer to radio in a traffic violation.

I am very pleased to inform you that the suspect in the bank fraud was ultimately located and arrested by our officers.  The suspect was responsible for stealing over $20,000 dollars from various bank accounts and we were able to put an end to his fraud crime spree.

We have a great police department in Royal Oak and my officers work very hard.  They are human however, and can make mistakes. If our investigation proves that to be the case and a complainant is wronged; we will readily admit it and take corrective measures.

Should you have questions or concerns regarding Royal Oak police activity in the future, please afford me the opportunity to address any complaint or concern you may have, before posting it on your blog.  It is unfair to negatively criticize our police officers before you have all the information. 

D January 17, 2014 at 03:11 PM
very good response Chief O'Donohue
Carol Hennessey January 18, 2014 at 12:10 AM
I agree with "D". I have found the R.O. Police & Fire Departments are the best around. I am glad to live in Royal Oak & have them protect my family.
John Saylor January 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Way to back your officer's Chief. Our police and firemen are on the job everyday, doing a job many of us couldn't or wouldn't want to do. While it's important to meet the community's needs or concerns as you did here, it is equally important to keep the community informed to the professional and effective job thir public servants are doing. Way to go ROPD.
Nancy Barnett January 18, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Some people are so quick to judge.
Mike Ripinski January 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM
I would like to hear a response from Patience. Are you satisfied with the chief's explanation ? How about an apology?
Barb Narb January 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM
I wouldn't count on an apology from Patience. He/She is a known troll on these forums, and like all trolls, hides when they are exposed as frauds.
l.c. January 20, 2014 at 03:01 PM
sounds like an honest misjudgement,always 2 sides to every story & nothing wrong questioning authority unless of course your in N. Korea. thank you chief for tuning in.
K. Scott January 20, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Hmmm, let's see, who's the angry trolling birther? Could it be? "Why is Poverty Moving to America's Suburbs?" Three words: Barack Hussein Obama 'Nough said
Michael S. January 21, 2014 at 12:28 AM
Is it just me or did anyone else see the mistake that was made here? Believe it or not it wasn't made by the person who wrote the original blog piece. Everything that was written was corroborated by the police chiefs story except one small little detail. See in Patience is a virtue's blog she/ he stated that there was a police officer sitting at the light at the corner of Sixth and Washington. She/He never stated it was a "Royal Oak police officer" specifically. It is all about semantics. Since there was further information gathered I wonder if any of it included information in regards to the questions at the end of the blog posting about the easy ticketing. Was any of that discussed or was everyone quick to jump to the defense of the "Royal Oak police officer" that was in question? I know I am new to these boards so forgive me, but this has been the first real issue that has provoked me into registering and commenting ( that and I just found out about this place the start of the year so I am not totally familiar with all the policies and proceedings that go on) I am going to assume that people did not read the blog in it's entirety and or if they had they must have taken the ending to be rhetorical and sort of tongue in cheek and not worthy of a second thought. I know I will be a bit more cautious when I take my kids downtown. Sixth and Washington is where Baskin Robins is and my kids like that place.
Patience January 22, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Your absolutely right Barb Narb, you cannot count on an apology from me, because I didn't do anything wrong. As stated by someone else here I stated the facts and the police chief confirmed what happened. I really appreciate the response to the incident from the police chief. It is nice to finally know how future concerns and complaints can be addressed since the bureaucratic methods seem to result in failure. I hope that in the future ANY resident who has concerns or complaints doesn't have to resort to such measures and things will be handled with more diligence. As for this questioning of my gender identity I never realized Patience was such an ambiguous name and could be gender neutral. Just to clear up any confusion for the future though I am a female.


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