Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said today that both counties are delighted to help the City of Detroit host a safe 2012 Target Fireworks but the city must reimburse both counties’ taxpayers completely for the costs of deployment of law enforcement personnel.
Both county executives are responding to a statement made by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing at an earlier news conference that said some of the regional law enforcement assistance will be "in kind."
Oakland County has agreed to send 52 deputies, 14 mounted deputies, and 30 reserve deputies to the 2012 Target Fireworks. Macomb County will send 20 deputies and 20 reserve deputies. Reserve deputies in both counties are unpaid volunteers. Both counties will deploy their deputies with the full expectation of total reimbursement by the City of Detroit.
For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County Media and Communications Officer, at 248-202-9668; or John Cwikla, Macomb County Media and Communications Officer, at 586-291-1652.