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Oklahoma Undersheriff Resigns Over Reserve Deputy Training Records

April 28, 2015  | 

Tulsa County, Okla., Undersheriff Tim Albin. (Photo: Screen Shot from Fox 23)
Tulsa County, Okla., Undersheriff Tim Albin. (Photo: Screen Shot from Fox 23)

Tulsa County (Okla.) Sheriff Stanley Glanz announced Monday the resignation of Undersheriff Tim Albin in the wake of documents released that allege Albin intimidated employees to elevate a reserve deputy in the program. The 73-year-old reserve deputy shot and killed a suspect early this month in what is believed to be a case of mistaking his revolver for his TASER.

Following the announcement, several organizations applauded the decision and also called for more resignations, including that of Glanz.

The Sheriff’s Office memo obtained Friday by the Tulsa World details the findings of a 2009 "special investigation" requested by then-Undersheriff Brian Edwards into claims of falsified documents and improper training for the reserve deputy who is reportedly a long-time friend and supporter of the sheriff.

It concludes with allegations that the reserve deputy received special treatment and that current top-ranking deputies violated policy in a number of ways to elevate this particular individual in the reserve deputy program.

The reserve deputy is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris on April 2 during an undercover gun buy, where he was in a support role helping the Sheriff's Office's Violent Crimes Task Force.

Comments (4)

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David Watson @ 4/28/2015 7:46 PM

Why does it not shock me that the Sheriff found someone to throw under the bus?

tom @ 4/29/2015 9:08 AM

This is the kind of good ol boy crap, that law enforcement does not need. It is a terrible mistake, but ultimately somebody, probably the Sheriff, has to step up and take responsibility for the situation. I don't have enough information to make an informed decision on this, but it would appear that this 73 year old reserve deputy, should probably not have been involved in this operation.

notmeofficer @ 4/29/2015 12:08 PM

There should be no 73 year old officers on the street in any position where they have to take police action. Support positions fine.. but level one patrol qualified way...
I'm a much younger lasd lifer and retiree... there is no way I should be in a radio car anymore... and I'm in great shape and stay current... I cannot compete nor could I react under stress with high proficiency even like ten years ago
Poor agency policy
..if the allegations of special treatment are founded... fire anyone involved

KevCopAz @ 4/29/2015 1:10 PM

Well if he was the none, he should be "retired", perhaps he should be investigated on criminal charges of falsifying official documents? The investigation should not stop there. All training staff that were responsible for this "reserve Deputy" getting any training should be offered whistle blower status and asked to explain in detail who gave those orders and who pressured them (if it was done) and get to the bottom. If the Sheriff is involved then he also should resign, or if this was an obvious "good old boy" thing going on then he is responsible and should resign even if no directly involved. This is unacceptable, this will cost the County tax payers many more $$ now that this has come out and should not be tolerated at all. Im not a big advocate of "outside investigations" but perhaps the state should look at this so that we are sure that we get the truth. Both as a 32+ year cop and a tax payer I think this is the least that the public deserves.

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