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Acting Tulsa Sheriff: 14 Reserves Have Left Agency

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — At least 14 reserve deputies have left an Oklahoma sheriff's office since a fellow volunteer fatally shot an unarmed man and a grand jury indicted the sheriff.

Acting Tulsa County Sheriff Rick Weigel said Wednesday at least six of those left after the September 30th indictment and resignation of Sheriff Stanley Glanz.

Weigel also said he plans to immediately implement recommendations from jurors on how the agency can be more transparent.

The reserve deputy program came under heavy scrutiny after volunteer Robert Bates fatally shot an unarmed man in April. A 2009 memo leaked after the shooting questioned Bates' lack of field training.

Last month, the agency said eight reserves left the program after an internal audit found outdated or deficient files in more than half its roughly 120 volunteers.