Tulsa Sheriff’s office withdrawing from accrediting agency

Tulsa County sheriff Stanley Glanz, left, and attorney Scott Wood walk on the sixth floor of the Tulsa County Courthouse following a closed-door meeting on day 17 of the grand jury investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (Cory Young/Tulsa World via AP)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An embattled Oklahoma sheriff’s office is withdrawing from a national law enforcement accreditation agency after its sheriff was indicted by a grand jury last week.

Chief Deputy Michelle Robinette told The Associated Press on Thursday the agency sent the withdrawal letter this week to the Virginia-based Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

Robinette says leaders want to overhaul the agency and implement eight recommendations submitted by grand jurors on how the office could be improved. She says the agency hopes to reapply with CALEA in January.

Jurors indicted Sheriff Stanley Glanz on two misdemeanor counts last week, and the lawman is resigning on Nov. 1.

The grand jury began investigating the agency this summer after a reserve deputy and close friend of the sheriff’s fatally shot an unarmed man.

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