From left, Royal Oak Police Officer Kevin Gibson, Officer Ken Kosmack and Sgt. Richard Millard stand with Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue Dec. 18.

From left, Royal Oak Police Officer Kevin Gibson, Officer Ken Kosmack and Sgt. Richard Millard stand with Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue Dec. 18.

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Royal Oak Police Department celebrates new hires, promotion

By: Kristyne E. Demske | Royal Oak Review | Published January 3, 2018

ROYAL OAK — With 16 years on the force, a detective with the Royal Oak Police Department is sporting a new title — sergeant.

Richard Millard was promoted to sergeant with the Royal Oak Police Department Dec. 18 before Judge Derek Meinecke in 44th District Court.

Millard has spent all 16 of his years as a police officer in Royal Oak, serving in the patrol division for 11 years — four of those years as a school liaison officer, and the remaining five years as a detective.

“He’s very articulate, he’s passionate about the investigations that he’s conducted, he’s very thorough and, with a wide variety of cases that he has investigated, that really enhances his supervisory skills when these incidents come up from a road-patrol standpoint,” said Royal Oak Police Lt. Keith Spencer. 

Millard has also served on the Southeast Michigan Financial Crimes Task Force since 2013. The task force, headed by the Secret Service, specializes in catching and prosecuting suspects and criminal organizations involved in fraud. 

Millard will be assigned to the patrol division, Spencer said. 

“Those experiences will be a very welcome addition to our patrol division as a supervisor,” Spencer added. 

The Police Department also hired two new officers: Ken Kosmack, from Harrison Township, who graduated from the Macomb Police Academy Dec. 13; and Kevin Gibson, from Clarkston, who graduated from the Oakland Police Academy Dec. 15. They were sworn in Dec. 18.

The officers will replace recent retirees from the 79-member department, Spencer said. They will undergo six months of training that includes learning city procedures, defensive tactics, and firearm training, and then riding along with a senior officer.

“They will experience a wide variety of different incidents, dealing with a wide variety of different people and applying their training that they’ve learned in the academy, and through our initial training, to their experiences out on the road,” Spencer said. “The two officers ... I think will make a good fit with the Police Department.”