Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office hopes to recruit from more diverse communities

VIDEO: TCSO pushing to diversify candidates for open positions

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is making a new push into the local black and Latino communities to fill dozens of open positions, but Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado said he is looking to hire the best people for open positions, not lean on an applicant’s race as the sole qualification.

In addition to the law enforcement agency’s first recruiting video being produced in decades, Regalado will lead a career fair on Sunday at Going Hard For Christ Church where a local Hispanic church is holding a joint worship service with a predominately black congregation.

Regalado has been asked to speak from the pulpit to those in attendance, and then at noon, a career fair open to the public will take place.

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Though it is open to everyone, Regalado told FOX23 he hopes the recruiting event will open the doors of the sheriff’s office to communities that have often struggled with law enforcement, especially with the recent attention brought to tensions between law enforcement and minority communities.

“Maybe they can’t come downtown, or they don’t have internet access,” Regalado said.

“We want them to be able to apply for a job in person. Some of them may have never had a positive interaction with law enforcement, and this will put a friendly face to our name.”

FILE -Tulsa County Sheriff's office car
FILE -Tulsa County Sheriff's office car (FOX23)

Regalado said he has dozens of jobs, both in civilian and law enforcement positions, and he hopes people will see that while the economy is struggling elsewhere, he has jobs in multiple areas that need filling.

“They may need a job just for a little while, or they may find that this is something they want to make a career out of, either way we need them,” he said.

Though this event is focused primarily on black and Latino communities, Regalado said the best candidates will be hired for the job, not just the ones that help the agency’s statistics.

“I am a Mexican-American, and if someone told me they hired me for a job because of my heritage and not because I was the best person for the job, I personally would be insulted,” the sheriff said. “There are people in these communities who have the skills we are looking for, and we just want to let them know the door is open to them, and we’d be happy to have them.”

Regalado said there is a growing need for bilingual employees with Tulsa’s growing Latino community, and he hopes to get some applicants with bilingual experience.

He said he is even open to kids just out of high school who don’t know what they want to do yet but have the skills he needs for some jobs.

TCSO is launching its new recruiting efforts to fill dozens of jobs with the help of a newly produced recruiting video just released on social media.

“The last recruiting video this agency had was probably shot on VHS or Beta,” Regalado said.

The new video highlights all areas of the agency, not just running the Tulsa County Jail, and it hopes to show that people will all sorts of skills are needed in the dozens of empty positions TCSO currently has.