City Creates Juvenile Crime Prevention Task Force

These days, most of the discussions at city hall revolve around finance, but Thursday afternoon there was worry about futures as well.

"We've got some kids making some bad choices," said Tulsa city councilor Karen Gilbert, announcing the creation of a Juvenile Crime Prevention Task Force.

"We're always looking at ways to keep kids out of trouble, and that's exactly what this is all about," she said.

"We often times are involved in these task forces," said David Grewe of Youth Services, which helped some 17,000 young people last year between the ages of 12 and 24.

"One thing we do at youth services is we have a first offender program, which really catches kids at the front end of testing limits and getting in trouble," he said.

The underlying reason for the city's task force? It's required in order to apply for some federal funds which would go to the gang task force.

"It would be $120,000 a year up to 3 years. And so that program would help pay for some overtime, along with fund this prevention program," said Gilbert.

The new task force meets next Tuesday, adding another effort in a community aimed at helping kids choose correctly.

"Things can be accomplished and they can move in a positive direction," said Grewe.