Tulsa community police plans move forward
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Mayor G.T. Bynum says the city of Tulsa is moving ahead with plans for community policing announcing a new partnership, to address mental health calls.
The police department will soon begin a pilot program for Community Response Teams. These will include a police officer, a paramedic and a health professional from COPES, and Family and Children’s Services.
“Our goal is to stabilize individuals in the least restrictive environment. So it allows us all to be out there in the same vehicle and responding at the same time,” explained Amanda Bradley of Family and Children’s Services.
The mayor says the new partnership is one of 77 objectives and the only one that will not be met by the end of the year is the hiring of 160 new officers. He says the city will be able to hire 90.
“I think by the time we are done implementing this, we will be a national model for shifting a department to community policing, but it has to happen at the pace it is occurring,” said Mayor G.T. Bynum.
Bynum says next, citizens will hear about citizens advisory boards and how they can be a part. Also coming soon, fully activated body cams for police officers.