Tulsa Reserve Deputies Running Out Of Time To Turn In Missing Paperwork
TULSA, Oklahoma - The clock is ticking for Tulsa County Reserve Deputies to turn in missing paperwork from their files.
An internal audit discovered nearly 40 percent of the reserve deputies’ files were missing some type of paperwork.
Many are missing certificates of completed training or a copy of an updated driver's license, and if they don’t those things turned in by midnight, they will no longer be reserve deputies.
As Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Bob Bates prepares for a second-degree manslaughter trial, Dan Smolen, the attorney representing the family of Eric Harris, who was and killed, is questioning findings from the sheriff's office internal audit which shows 50 of the 128 reserve deputy files have missing paperwork.
"I think that it's consistent with what we have seen coming out of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. It's consistent with what I know about the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office under the direction of Stanley Glanz," Smolen said.
The sheriff's office said the things missing are simple to fix, but Smolen still has concerns.
He said, "It's terrifying to think there’s individuals, who they don't even know where they currently reside, what their information is, what their training is, out patrolling the streets of Tulsa County."
Deputy Justin Green told us, “The majority of the things were not something to set off major red flags. Driver's licenses expire every four years, so someone hadn't brought theirs in."
He said it doesn't mean the 50 reserves aren't up to date on training, only that a copy of their certificate is missing, but Smolen questions the amount of time it's taken for the files to be checked.
"It would seem like in an afternoon you could sit down and go through 120 files to see if someone’s driver's license was updated," he argued.
Tulsa County Commissioners hired Dallas-based Community Safety Institute in June to audit the sheriff's office.
Green said the group started going through files soon after that but said it's very time consuming because some reserves have been there for decades and have a big file to go through.
Eventually, the audit's finding will be released, but aren't available yet because it's an ongoing investigation.
Wednesday morning, the sheriff's office will release the number of reserves who have completed their files.