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Reserve officers have higher training standards in Texas than Oklahoma

from The Dallas Morning News

What's the difference between a Texas and Oklahoma reserve police officer? A few hundred hours of training — and a national firestorm. The training regimens of volunteer reserve officers have come under scrutiny after a reserve Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy accidentally fatally shot an unarmed suspect earlier this month during a chase. The 73-year-old man said he meant to use his stun gun and can be heard on a dramatic video saying "Taser, Taser" just before firing his gun.

Oklahoma requires about 240 hours of training in its basic academy. Tulsa County provided 320 hours. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement requires reserve officers to log the same number of training hours as full-time officers — 643 hours. Some agencies require more. Other than not getting a salary, they're just like a regular armed police officer when they’re on the job. more


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