In support of the Foundation’s Mission Statement, the Board of Trustees has discussed with Sheriff Vic Regalado what his top two priorities are for improving the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff has recommended these as his priorities.
Acquisition of body-worn cameras for Sheriff’s Deputies
The Sheriff recognizes body-worn cameras as a law enforcement strategy aimed at improving public safety, reducing crime, and improving public trust between the TCSO and the citizens they serve. In 2015 alone, over 50 law enforcement agencies in America implemented a body worn camera program. The benefits are clear: strengthening law enforcement accountability; preventing confrontational situations; resolving office involved incidents and complaints; improving agency transparency; identifying and correcting internal agency issues; improving training; and improving evidence documentation.
Cold Case Task Force
In June of 2016 Sheriff Vic Regalado announced the formation of an all-volunteer Cold Case Task Force with the assistance of retired Tulsa Police Department Homicide Sergeant Mike Huff.
A team of outstanding investigators retired from the Tulsa Police Department, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms joined the Team. In addition to these law enforcement professionals, civilian experts in the fields of mapping, graphics, drone experts, information technology experts, and an international DNA expert joined the Team.
Sheriff Regalado assigned the Team with thirty one (31) Cold Cases to review and help solve. The Team works hundreds of hours weekly searching new leads, new scientific technologies and bringing a fresh set of eyes to these unsolved cases.
The foundation has adopted the Cold Case Team as one of its project to financially support. Donations received help cover the expenses of the Team, which can included the cost of DNA testing, traveling to interview witnesses and follow up on leads, and to purchase necessary supplies and equipment in support of their work.