School Resources Officers from across the state to attend training hosted by TCSO

School Resource Officers are on the front lines of school safety. Their purpose is to protect the lives of the students and staff at the campuses where they serve.

On Wednesday, July 27th, a hundred school resource officers (SRO’s) from across Oklahoma are scheduled to attend training hosted by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. This training will take place during the Oklahoma Association of School Resource Officers’ 2022 Conference in Tulsa.

This conference is open to SRO’s as well as School Administrators. The goal is for attendees to learn how to make their schools safer by learning how to recognize potential threats, such as those made on social media, and respond to them before a tragedy occurs.

Sheriff Regalado will give the opening remarks for this year’s conference. He will speak at 8:00 am and will be available for interviews after his speech. Trainers and conference attendees will also be available interviews.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of Deputy Santiago Rodriguez

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Tulsa County Deputy Santiago Rodriguez, who passed away unexpectedly this morning following a medical emergency that occurred while he was off duty.

Deputy Rodriguez was 40 years old. He had been a Deputy at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. Over the court of his career, Rodriguez received letters of accommodation for his work as a Deputy at the Tulsa County Courthouse. He lived a career of service, not only to the citizens of Tulsa County, but also to his country, through his time as a member of the Navy Reserve.

Dep. Rodriguez was a loving father to his four children. He will be greatly missed by all of his coworkers and friends here at the Sheriff’s Office.

Funeral services are pending.

Homicide Suspect Sought by TCSO

Just after 11 pm on Sunday, Deputies received a 911 call to a report of man found murdered in his home at 5628 N Gillette Ave. When Deputies arrived, they found 23 year old Tyler Lane Kirk deceased.

A family member discovered Kirk’s body when she stopped by to check on him, after he stopped returning texts messages Sunday afternoon.

TCSO Detectives are seeking tips on the whereabouts of the suspect in this case, Tyler James Lewis of Coweta. Lewis is a 23 year old white male. He is 5’7 inches tall with red hair with hazel eyes.

Lewis drives a black, 2017 GMC Sierra Denali truck with Cherokee plate number: CX6 249.

Because both the victim and suspect in this case are Native American, TCSO is assisting the FBI in this investigation.

If anyone sees Tyler James Lewis or has information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call TCSO at 918-596-5600.

Suspect Vehicle
Suspect Vehicle

Suspect: Tyler James Lewis

 

 

Phone Scam Warning

A phone scam is once again making the rounds, targeting potential victims across Tulsa County.

Over the past two days, TCSO investigators have been contacted by multiple people who have received calls from scammers that identified themselves using the names of actual TCSO staff members. This time the scammer is claiming to be Sgt. Mike Moore. Often times to scammer can spoof the number on the caller ID to make it appear as though the call is coming from our number. The number being used this week is: 918-324-7706. But this phone number being used by the scammer can change within minutes.

The scammer tells the potential victim they have a warrant for their arrest for missing a court date or jury duty. They tell the victim they must immediately pay hundreds of dollars in fines in order to avoid arrest. They instruct the victim to purchase pre-paid cash cards or from local stores in order to “pay the bond” and avoid immediate arrest. They order the victim to remain on the phone with them while purchasing the cards. As soon the victim buys the cards and provides the card numbers over the phone, the money is stolen by the crook.

So far this week, one victim has reported losing $500 dollars to this scam. Another second victim came forward on Sunday to report losing $400 to the scam. This time the crook claimed to be “Lieutenant Reynolds” from TCSO.

We want to prevent additional citizens from falling victim to this scam. So TCSO is remind citizens that we never call anyone with warrants to demand payment of fines using cash cards in order avoid arrest.

If you’d like to check to see if there’s an active warrant for arrest in Tulsa County, you can do on our website using this link: tcsook.glyphreports.com

If you receive one of these calls, hang up. If you’re a victim of this scam, call us 918-596-5600 to file a report.

TCSO Employees team up with “Hearts on Duty”, the Iron Pigs Motorcycle Club NDN Territory and Tulsa County FOP #188 to help local family with expenses for toddler recovering from rare parasitic infection

Ryder Barnes and his twin sister were born on June 23rd, 2020. On Thanksgiving of 2021, this normally happy baby became extremely ill. He spiked a high fever and soon lost his vision, muscle movement, and the ability to eat or drink on his own.

After a week in a Tulsa Hospital with no diagnosis, Ryder was sent to Texas Children Hospital in Houston where he was diagnosed with Baylisascaris; a rare parasitic infection cause by a roundworm in raccoons. Ryder is 1 of 26 known cases worldwide.

This infection has caused brain atrophy, leading to brain damage. In January, Ryder was moved to a rehabilitation center in Bethany, Oklahoma, where he is currently re-learning how to eat, drink, crawl, walk and stand.

The 2022 Iron Pigs Nation & Hearts on Duty Poker Run is dedicated to helping Ryder’s family with his medical expenses.

For more information and to view the live auction and raffle items, check out the event Facebook page: here

 

Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office “Project Lead” invites area first responders and community members to leadership seminar led by Navy SEAL Jason Redman

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is focused on developing strong leadership within our own ranks. This effort is called “Project lead”. We also want to invite other agencies, first responders and community members to join us.

The seminar will focus on:

  • A clear understanding how to assess a crisis and develop a plan to move from it
  • Tools to quickly and effectively motivate and communicate to their teams to lead them to a

point of success and confidence

  • Jason’s REACT method to move through a change or point of adversity
  • Techniques to make stronger leaders and teams
  • Individual leadership balance

When: Fri, July 29th from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Where: Victory Christian Church – 7700 S. Lewis Ave, Tulsa

To register: www.eventbrite.com/e/project-lead-with-tcso-and-us-navy-seal-jason-redman-tickets-362546304757?aff=efbneb

 

This one day seminar is open to the public. Advanced tickets are $25. They cost $35 at the door.

TCSO plans to host this same event in August of this year.

Homicide Arrest

Last night TCSO investigators arrested 41 year old Michael Christopher Jimenez of Glenpool for the murder of his wife, 40 year old Erica Christine Jimenez.

On Monday afternoon, Deputies responded to a 911 call in 4200 block of East 56th Street North. The caller stated a woman had suffered a diving injury at Bird Creek and was unconscious.

When Deputies arrived, they found Michael Jimenez on the bank of the creek with his wife. She had obvious signs of trauma to her body. She died from her injuries after being transported to a local hospital.

Over the course of the investigation, Detectives developed evidence that indicated Erica Jimenez had been severely beaten at another location prior to being taken to Bird Creek.

He was booked into the Tulsa County Jail for 1st degree murder.

Late TCSO Sgt. John Harris to be honored at the 6th Annual Hero’s and Hot Rods Car Show

For years, TCSO has been proud to participate in the “Hero’s and Hot Rods” car show, by sending patrol vehicles to display, as well as Deputies to from our Community policing Unit to talk with event goers.

But this year’s event is particularly special to us, as the organizers have chosen to honor late TCSO Sergeant John Harris during this year’s event. Sergeant Harris passed away on August 19th, 2021 as a result of being exposed to COVID 19 while on duty. Sheriff Vic Regalado is honored to serve as this year’s guest speaker. The event will take place on June 18, 2022 from 8:00am – 2:00pm at Fellowship Bible Church located at 5434 E. 91st street in Tulsa.

Sheriff Regalado to Swear in Tulsa Tech Students as Detention Officers

On May 10th, Sheriff Regalado will swear in 13 Tulsa Tech Criminal Justice students as Detention Officers, who will then go to work in the Tulsa County Jail. Between now and October, six additional students will be sworn in as they reach the age of 18.

The partnership between TCSO and Tulsa Tech’s Criminal Justice Program creates immediate job opportunities for students, while helping the Tulsa County Sheriff Office to ease the manpower crisis at the jail.

Every month TCSO holds Detention Academies at the jail, but this does not provide enough employees to meet the manpower numbers needed.  Currently, the Tulsa County Jail needs an additional 100 Detention Officers.

Working in the jail gives graduates valuable experience and training they will be able use throughout their law enforcement careers.

This is the second year for the partnership. Last year, 15 Tulsa Tech students were sworn-in as Detention Officers.

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