Tulsa County Sheriff’s Maj. Shannon Clark told the Tulsa World newspaper that there are “lots of wealthy people” among the agency’s 130 reserve deputies.

“Many of them make donations of items,” he told the newspaper. “That’s not unusual at all.”

While the sheriff’s office did not have an itemized list of Bates’ contributions, the insurance executive had donated multiple vehicles, firearms and stun guns to the agency, according to The Tulsa World report.

Maria Haberfeld, chair of John Jay College’s Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice, told TPM Monday in a phone interview that there’s no special correlation between donating money to a law enforcement agency and getting a spot as a reserve officer since pretty much anyone without a criminal record can volunteer their time.

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