Claremore Daily Progress

September 16, 2013

RCSO develops program helping department’s deputies

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office launched a new program Sunday as deputies and reserve officers made a surprise visit to assist one of their own.
About 25 members from the department gathered at Sgt. Tandy Reeder’s home to chop down two large trees that had suffered wind damage from summer storms, said Investigator Coy Jenkins. The trees had fallen onto Reeder’s propane tank.
Jenkins said the program is called 10-23 “Operation Backup,” and was developed to help deputies and reserve officers within RCSO.
“My wife, Marti, suggested that I try to develop the program. I took her suggestion and started working on it,” he said. “We tend to help the community, but a lot of times (deputies) may have something going on where they need assistance, and because of time constraints, financial situations or unavailable resources, they are unable to do these things for themselves.”
Jenkins said that was the situation for Reeder, who is currently fighting health issues.
“Reeder was helping other people in Rogers County who were victims of storm damage, but in turn wasn’t getting anything done with his own situation,” he said. “Several us got together with chainsaws, one of the reserved deputies brought his tractor, and without Sgt. Reeder knowing about it, we showed up at his house. He was working at that time on shift when I called him on the phone and told him there was an apparent fraud situation occurring in the neighborhood.”
Reeder pulled up to his house and was surprised to see a caravan of workers at the front door.
Jenkins said it was an emotional time for all of them.
“We know in order for us to be affective law enforcement officers, and to be able to help the community and respond accordingly, then we have to be on top of our game as well.”
He said “Operation Backup” has more assignments lined up at the moment, but because they do not want other deputies with the department to know, they will be keeping it a secret.
In addition to “Operation Backup,” the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office will be adding a volunteer mounted patrol unit for parks/recreational areas, search and rescue-type procedures and patrol during large events, which entail crowds and traffic. Interested patrons can attend a recruiting meeting at 7 p.m. toinight at the Claremore Expo Center. 
Residents in attendence will be able to complete the written application and sign a liability waiver to be scheduled for a horse and rider evaluation process.
For more information, call the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office at (918) 923-4477.