8 Reserve Deputies Leave Tulsa Sheriff’s Office After Audit

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Internal audit of Tulsa County reserve deputies found 64 of 112 to be missing training, qualification records.

An internal audit of the files of Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputies found more than half to be missing mandatory training hour records and yearly firearms qualifications, as well as nine advanced reserves who hadn’t met minimum service hour requirements.TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff whose office is under investigation after a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man appeared before a grand jury Wednesday, with the bulk of his testimony focusing on a leaked memo acknowledging that deputy’s inadequate training, a defense attorney said. The 13-page records audit noted 64 of 112 reserves were missing or hadn’t met the aforementioned requirements in at least one or more of the reviewed years.

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz spent about three hours before the grand jury, which is investigating allegations of wrongdoing after deputy Robert Bates killed Eric Harris in April in a Tulsa street after Harris was allegedly caught in an illegal gun-sales sting. Glanz didn’t comment as he left the jury room, but attorney Scott Wood said much of the testimony focused on the 2009 memo that found top sheriff’s office officials knew Bates was inadequately trained, but pressured other officers to look away. “From the testimony I heard today, nobody did anything wrong or in violation of the law,” Wood told reporters outside the jury room. Figuring into the equation files that also were missing outdated documents such as driver’s license copies, there were only 20 files of 112 that weren’t deficient at the audit’s completion in June.

A document released last week by the Sheriff’s Office indicated all but three of the reserves rectified deficiencies in their files before a Sept. 15 deadline by submitting documents they kept. His close ties to Glanz and the agency raised questions about the reserve deputy program and whether Bates and others received special treatment in return for the gifts. Thousands of residents petitioned for an investigation into the agency after the shooting, and the petition calling for the probe gained momentum among citizens and local civil rights leaders with the release of the memo by an attorney for the Harris family.

The sheriff’s appearance could signal that the jury is nearing the end of hearing testimony and beginning deliberations whether to recommend an indictment or make an accusation for the sheriff’s removal from office. Jurors have heard testimony in past weeks from a corporal in the internal affairs division, Warren Crittenden, who says he was pressured to sign off on memos saying Bates was qualified for duty.

The jury also has heard from sheriff’s corporal Bill Adams, who called the memo “very accurate,” and said that Glanz could have done more to address its findings. Six of them had training hours that weren’t accounted for, but Green said they weren’t submitting updated or missing records because they had decided to retire.

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