Dallas Company To Audit Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

Monday, June 8th 2015, 12:45 pm
By: News On 6

The Tulsa County Commissioners have voted to hire Dallas-based Community Safety Institute to audit the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

This comes in the wake of the fatal shooting of suspect Eric Harris by Reserve Deputy Bob Bates in April. Bates has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, and TSCO is being investigated by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The assessment voted on Monday will be paid for by Tulsa County and is separate from the criminal case and OSBI investigation. It will cost taxpayers $75,000.

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Sheriff Stanley Glanz said in a news release that Community Safety Institute will perform a "comprehensive performance audit and review" to "make sure the operations of the Sheriff's Office is up to the standards the citizens of Tulsa County deserve."

The sheriff previously said he wants the firm to do a comprehensive review of the following areas:

  • Use of force and post shooting policies, procedures and training
  • Reserve deputy officer training, policies, supervision
  • Recommended best practices for record keeping, what to keep and for how long and allowing public access to those records
  • The organizational structure, where power is located, communication and decision-making

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