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Tulsa FOP starts benevolent fund for officers in need of financial help

Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police outdoor sign at Lodge 93, in this picture taken May 11, 2017./KTUL

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) - The Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police is working to maintain momentum among Betty Shelby supporters. The union is launching the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police Benevolent Fund and hopes supporters will donate. Money raised will help provide financial assistance to Shelby and other officers in need.

“She’s got bills just like everyone of us. This is a way for the citizens to donate and get a tax break and for us to help officers and for citizens to help our officers,” said Mark Secrist, president of the Tulsa FOP.

Shelby has been on leave without pay from the Tulsa Police Department since September 2016 when she shot and killed Terence Crutcher. Secrist said the FOP started the fund because the number of supporters for Shelby and police is growing across the country.

“People are watching it from the outside to see what’s going to happen here because it’s going to affect their city also or their state. This has issues far reaching from Tulsa,” said Secrist. “The FOP is here to take care of them, stand behind them, give them the support they need.”

The union has also increased its amount of social media use as Shelby’s trial continues. Many people are seen on the FOP’s accounts sharing thoughts and support for Shelby and police.

“We appreciate the officers that going out there and continually doing the job they took the oath to do,” said Secrist. “No matter what happens, in any way, shape or form, the citizens of Tulsa will be proud of the officers that are out there that are still doing their job.”

Secrist explained the FOP started the benevolent fund through the Tulsa Community Foundation. Donations are tax deductible.

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