The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office suspended its reserve program after then reserve deputy Bob Bates shot and killed Eric Harris a year ago.
But, Tulsa County sheriff, Vic Regalado is reinstating the program under stricter guidelines, and the first reserve deputy is nearly ready to return to active duty.
Leitch is one of the first deputies to emerge from the new requirements. He’s almost fully reinstated, but once he gets the final clearance, policy will require him to ride with a full-time deputy.
Leitch said he’s glad to see the ‘Good Old Boy’ system that favored some reserves over others is gone with Regalado’s administration.
“I feel great about moving forward at this point,” Leitch said. “With the accountability at all levels, it’s now a lot more apparent.”
When the program was originally suspended there were 162 reserve deputies, of those, their instructor said only 41 will be cleared and fit for duty after the new policy changes.