Split Second Decisions: an in-depth look at Officer Betty Shelby’s OIS
I joined the Tulsa Police Department in January of 1982. I worked patrol for seven years and was promoted to Sergeant. I was reassigned to the Narcotics Unit and worked there for ten years. One year in the Internal Affairs Division sent me to Patrol for two years until I became a supervisor of the Burglary Squad. In 2005 I was assigned to lead the Robbery Unit and in 2011 I became the supervisor over the Homicide Squad.
I am a Medal of Valor recipient and I have two Departmental Commendation Medals for leading violent crime task forces in Tulsa. I was an assistant team leader for the SWAT team for ten years, and I have attended the SWAT Managers school hosted by the NTOA. I am an instructor for the Council on Law Enforcement Education (CLEET) for Oklahoma and I teach Complex Investigations, Interview and Interrogation classes and Media Relations for CLEET.
I have been the lead supervisor on three nationally known murder investigations. The Good Friday Killings on April 7, 2012, the Fairmont Terrace Quad on January 7, 2013 and the racially motivated killing of Khalid Jabara on August 12, 2016.