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Tulsa Police Adds 21 New Reserve Officers

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When they called his name Thursday night, "Officer Tom Martin."

It represented the end of six months of training, and the beginning of life as a TPD reserve office.

"We're full of pride right now," he said.

He and his 20 classmates will help supplement the city's police force on an as-need basis.

"Our main job is to support the officers on the street," he said.

It's a job they do for free. Sure the city pays for their equipment, their gun, but their time is all on their dime, and they do so not only willingly, but passionately.

"I feel that it's my duty, I don't know about anybody else, but its my duty to give back," he said.

A tractor salesman by day, Tom will now be putting in at least 40 hours every three months to help keep Tulsans safe, doing all the stuff that normal cops do.

"You can arrest people," asked Channel 8. "We can arrest people. We are police officers, we're just in a reserve capacity," he said.

The only thing different about them is their silver badge instead of a gold one, a detail most folks don't even see.

"The general public doesn't discern between a gold badge and a silver badge, when you're on the streets they see you for exactly what you are, a Tulsa police officer," said Chief Chuck Jordan.

A call to duty, even on their own time, something to keep in mind in the frustration of getting pulled over.

"Can you write tickets? Yes. Why are you grinning are you gonna write me a ticket? Depends how fast you roll out of here, nah," he laughed.

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