- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma sheriff’s training records are under investigation amid accusations that they were falsified.

The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training confirmed Monday that it’s investigating the allegations over Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert’s records, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1Ic7MxX ) reported.

The state agency’s executive director, Steve Emmons, declined to specify what parts of Colbert’s records are in dispute, citing a pending investigation. Emmons said the agency received multiple reports requesting that investigators look into the accuracy of Colbert’s qualifications.

The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office has declined to comment on the investigation. Messages seeking comment from Colbert’s attorney were left by the newspaper.

Wagoner County District Attorney Brian Kuester said that officials with the state agency haven’t contacted him or any of his staff about criminal charges.

But Rogers County District Attorney Matt Ballard said Monday that one of his assistant district attorneys received an email around June 11 from Colbert’s lawyer, Michon Hughes.

Hughes said that the state agency’s investigator, Walt Birdsong, was seeking to pursue charges against Colbert in Rogers County. Ballard said that email was the only correspondence he knows of that has been sent to his office that references Colbert.

Birdsong said he wasn’t authorized to comment on the investigation.

Colbert was first elected sheriff in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.

The council trains and licenses law enforcement officers and security guards in Oklahoma. Active law enforcement officials must complete 25 hours of continuing education annually. Officials said Colbert’s certification remains current.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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