Deputy Decals Cause Headaches for Tulsa County
There are several retired sheriff's deputy cars driving around Tulsa County that are causing some problems for local law enforcement agencies.At least three of these vehicles have been spotted driving around with almost all of the decals that match Mayes County Sheriff's Deputies cars.One of the car owners says because of the decals left on his car in the five weeks he has owned it, he has been stopped at least six times from law enforcement agencies making sure he should have the vehicle."I thought something was weird whenever I originally purchased the car because it was fully decaled," says Micheal Yee.Yee never thought buying this car would get so much attention."I have been stopped on my way to get people from work or just running errands and it's been a little bit of a hassle," says Yee.We did talk with the sheriff in Mayes County and he says all the decals were removed from the cars and that whomever bought it could have found replacements online. But Yee says that's not the case."The only thing that was removed was the M and the A off of Mayes County. So it said 'yes' county on each side," says Yee. "It had both of the star decals next to two american flags."These cars with the decals on them aren't against the law. The owner can only get in trouble if they use the car to do any kind of law enforcement work and that's where the problems happen for local law enforcement."The problem that poses for law enforcement is that people believe it's a police officer then they will comply with whatever the orders of that person are," says Major Shannon Clark, Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.Clark says they have seen three of these cars in the area and some of them have the cages still in the back. He wants people to know that they aren't really law enforcement."Not only do we have to police what is out there to police, now we have this involved and people will begin to develop a distrust to is that really a law enforcement officer or not," says Clark.Clark says these cars are making it easier for people to impersonate a law enforcement agency because really all they need is a light. He says you can buy those locally and online.The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office does sell some of their cars, but they put the vehicles back to the way they came off of the assembly line. This means there are no decals, lights bars or cages.But for Yee it's coming down to him to remove the decals. He says it's only taken about two hours so far and he has liked one thing about having this car."It was nice to drive on the highway it was safer people were driving a little better around me," Yee says.Clark says if you do have a question about someone that is stopping you, you are asked to slow down, put your turn signal on, and call 911 to see if an officer is trying to stop you.