Swearing in Ceremony for Tulsa Tech Students

On May 24th, TCSO will swear in 15 Tulsa Tech Criminal Justice students as Detention Officers. Those graduates who have already reached the age of 18 will immediately begin working in the jail.

The partnership between TCSO and Tulsa Tech’s Criminal Justice Program creates immediate job opportunities for students, while helping the Tulsa County Sheriff’s 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 to hire an additional 75 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 third year for the partnership between TCSO and Tulsa Tech. Over the previous two years, 28 Tulsa Tech students have been sworn-in as TCSO Detention Officers.

Interested in a new rewarding career? Check out our open positions here or visit jointcso.org!

 

 

2023 TCSO Fallen Officers Memorial

You are invited to join TCSO and Tulsa County Sheriff’s FOP #188 as we gather for a ceremony to pay tribute to those members of our officers who sacrificed their lives while protecting and serving the citizens of Tulsa County.

Since 1909, 13 members of TCSO have died in the line of duty. The most recent addition to the memorial is Sergeant John Harris. He contacted COVID 19 in the course of his job duties and passed away on August 19, 2021, at the age of 43.

This year’s guest speaker is District 3 Tulsa County Commissioner Kelly Dunkerley. The Memorial will be at Chandler Park located at 6500 W. 21st Street on May 18, 2023 at 11:00am.

 

 

A Parent’s Guide To Fentanyl

There is a significant risk for today’s generation because of fentanyl. It is a deadly hidden threat. Fentanyl-laced drugs are extremely dangerous, and the average person is unaware their drugs are laced with fentanyl. Parents, guardians, educators, and anyone responsible for children must rely on drug prevention education to safeguard children and teens from this growing threat.

Since fentanyl is commonly added to illicit drugs, the best way to prevent fentanyl use is to avoid using all drugs. An effective way to do this is through communication and education. As a parent or guardian, how you approach drug education goes a long way in how your children apply it.

Regarding fentanyl, drug education should focus on online safety, how deadly the drug is, and how it is often undetectable.

Today’s teens have the easiest drug access because of the internet and social media. Illegal drugs are sold to teens via social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or Snapchat. They may also be getting drugs from more traditional avenues such as other students or street dealers they may pass going to and from school.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is committed to making safer communities through proactive relationships with our community partners like Drug Rehab Services. (DRS) See the link below for more information about this critical issue facing our community. This information is also available on our website under our resources tab.

Fentanyl Guide for Parents

Phone Scammers Targeting Medical Professionals

For years, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office has been warning area citizens about scammers who use the names of TCSO employees to try and scare people into paying hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars over the phone in order to avoid being arrested for warrants that don’t exist.

The most recent version of this scam is targeting Tulsa County medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses and physician’s assistants.

In the past three days, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office has been contacted by 10 medical professionals, who report that someone claiming to be Sgt. Paul Huss from our office has called them and threatened them with immediate arrest, if they don’t pay as much as $4,000 in fines over the phone for missing court dates in which they were subpoenaed to testify as a medical professional.

The scammer does their research. They know information about their target, such as their address and employer. This is all information that can be found online.

This is the second time in the past year TCSO has been notified of a scam using the names of our employees to target local professionals.

So far, we have not received reports of anyone falling victim to this latest version of scam. But as we investigate, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone:

  • TCSO never calls anyone with warrants to demand money.
  • If you receive one of these calls, hang up.
  • If you’re a victim of this scam, contact us at 918-596-5600 to file a report.
  • As an added tool to combat this scam, citizens can check to see if they have a Tulsa County warrant using the ”Check Warrants” link on the homepage of tcso.org.

Letter from the Sheriff Regarding ATF Rule 2021R-08R

Since 2012, the Alcohol, tobacco, firearms (ATF) has recognized that stabilizing braces serve a legitimate function, and the inclusion of a stabilizing brace on a pistol or other firearm does not automatically subject the firearm to the provisions of the National Firearms Act.  

On January 13th 2023 the U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland signed ATF final rule 2021R-08R requiring pistol brace owners to register or remove the brace within 120 days or face potential Felony charges.

The Biden administration claims the brace creates a likeness to short-barreled rifles, which require a federal license under the National Firearms Act.

This rule was signed almost two weeks after the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the ATF prohibiting “bump stocks”.  The Court stated that only Congress has the legislative authority to create or change laws and that the “bump stock” does not meet the federal definition of a machine gun.

Once again, we are witnessing Federal overreach that will not impact the criminal element but only the law-abiding citizens rights under the Constitution of the United States of America.

Therefore, it is the stance of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office that we will not enforce, partake or support this rule because it is unconstitutional.

 

Sheriff Vic Regalado

Tulsa County

2022 Mike Clancy Toy Drive begins

Every year TCSO employees and Tulsa County FOP #188 work to make the holiday brighter for Tulsa County children in need through the Mike Clancy Toy Drive.

It was started by former TCSO Lt. Mike Clancy in 1982. He would dress up as Santa Claus and deliver toys to local families.

In addition to providing toys to 1,100 children at area organizations and schools last year, 15 families also received Christmas gifts and clothing through the Mike Clancy Toy Drive.

Here’s how the public can help:

  • You can drop off unwrapped toys and children’s clothing at our headquarters building during regular business hours. The address is 303 W 1st A donation box is located in the lobby. The deadline to drop off toys is December 15th.

 

  • If you prefer to make a financial donation, make checks payable to Tulsa County FOP #188 and mail to:

Tulsa County FOP #188

P.O. Box 2216

Tulsa, Ok 74101

TCSO to host self-defense class for female realtors

Recently representatives from HomeSmart TuCasa Realty reached to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office to request self-defense training for the ladies who work in their Tulsa area office. The agency says 80 percent of their agents are females who often have to meet with potential clients while they are alone. TCSO wants these ladies to feel empowered to protect themselves. So we worked the agency to organize this class. TuCasa also invited female realtors from other real estate companies to participate as well. Class will be help September 29, 2022 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center Training Room.

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