FAST received additional training in crowd control and how to extract someone out of a crowd.This year we are looking at incorporating more training through our Homeland Security Section.
: The Bomb Squad is led by full time deputies who are bomb technicians, butmost of the squad is made up of reserve deputies. The reserves have to pass trainingrequirements of the squad and be re-certified each year to remain on the squad. The reservesmust know how to operate highly technical bomb equipment. The reserves volunteer for thisdangerous squad to help insure the safety of the community.
: The Event Team is very much involved in community policing. Where there arecrowds of citizens walking around at a community function the Event Team will be there.Events include: school carnivals, sporting events, or traffic control for a parade. The Event Teamenjoys the aspect of working directly with our citizens. This attitude provides our citizensdirect contact with law enforcement and facilitates a stronger bond between our citizens andthe deputies by providing high visibility at community functions we help make the event safer.
: The patrol is a very active part of the reserves. It has been said by officers of other agencies that our reserve patrol deputies receive more training than a lot of full timeofficers. The training the patrol reserve deputies receive is very detailed and required to stay onthis team. These reserve deputies are not just there for back up, they are very often theprimary unit and have to maintain control over whatever situation they are dispatched to, orinitiate.
: Reserves also work in every area of the Oklahoma County SheriffsOffice. They help the Judicial Services Division with serving papers and transporting inmates.Reserve deputies pick up inmates within other counties and help transport to the OklahomaDepartment of Corrections. They also supplement the Protective Services Unit at times andhelp with high profile court cases or the Prep Program. The reserves provide security at theOklahoma County Detention Center and secure county inmates who are temporarily housed athospitals.
Reserves also work behind the scenes. Several reserve deputies havesignificant technology training and abilities and provide service in installing and maintaining thelatest in technology knowledge. Reserve deputies help maintain some of the sheriffs officemobile data computer system and keep two way radios working. This may not sound exciting,but if you were the one hanging off the top of a 150 foot or higher antenna tower, you mightwant to rethink things.The Oklahoma County Reserve Deputies are the only reserves that I am aware of who areallowed to participate when guarding the President of the United States. They have guardedforeign dignitaries and have escorted high profile celebrities like Air Forces Blue Angles.Individual reserves as well as the entire division have been recognized by civic groups for theoutstanding service they provide. Our Deputies have received great reviews not only in TheOklahoman but also in other papers like the Dallas Morning Star.