Sheriff Chris Bryant signed an agreement with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation making OSBI the lead investigator on any officer-related shootings involving county deputies, the first such agreement in the state.
We want to make sure that every one that is here, at the Carter County Sheriff’s Office and the detention center, and the citizens of Carter County know that we’re doing everything we can to make sure everything is transparent and done accurately.
ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) — The Carter County Sheriff’s Office was the first sheriff’s office in the state Tuesday to sign a new agreement with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The agreement makes the OSBI the lead investigator on any officer-involved shooting that involves Carter County deputies.
OSBI officials met with the sheriff and county officials, where both the sheriff and O-S-B-I director signed the agreement.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant says he hopes it starts a state-wide trend.
I’m very excited about this,” Bryant said. “I’m very excited about the relationship the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, as well as teaming up with the Ardmore Police Department and being on the same page, and everybody achieving the same goal. That’s what we’re shooting for: transparency.”
The Ardmore Police Department signed a similar agreement this past week.
The last officer-involved shooting in Carter County happened three years ago, according to APD.