New group evaluating how to increase crime tips

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Updated: 1/15/2013 11:05 am Published: 1/15/2013 11:00 am

A new group is working to improve communications between the public and the police force after last week's quadruple murder in South Tulsa. The group is created by Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum and will try and improve the way the city collects important information about crimes from the public.

The group is made up of city leaders, law enforcement, and even social media experts. They will share ideas about what can be done to make reporting anonymous crime tips easier, especially in the 61st & Peoria area.

"The problems at 61st & Peoria have culminated over 4 decades of bad land use, planning and other decisions that have been made,” Bynum said. “This task force won't solve all the problems there, but I think it will help."

He thinks last week's quadruple murder at the Fairmont Terrace Apartments may have shocked the community enough to be a catalyst for change. It motivated him to form the "Public Safety Intelligence Working Group".

"It's a sincere effort to really pull together a diverse group of people throughout our community and the end goal is to empower Tulsans to help make their community safer,” he said.

The first step is evaluating things like Tulsa Police Department’s Crime Stoppers and other programs already in place. Then figuring out a way to expand those programs and motivate more people to report crimes to police.

Bynum said, “Crimes will happen and no one will talk about it, even though they know who did it and that's a serious problem."

The group will meet for one month to come up with a plan of attack and then will make recommendations to the city council and mayor about what changes need to happen.

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Unwashed Mass - 1/24/2013 12:04 PM
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No different than the recommendations of the last Task Force: "Give cops more money and power." We need more accountability before that happens.

Gladys Crump - 1/15/2013 8:00 PM
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Perhaps if they didn't talk to you like you were some criminal yourself when you try to call in a crime, and perhaps if the cops actually came out to check it out when you called, I called on day because I saw a man three times around the 21st and Yale area who was on the news as one of the most wanted, so I called it in, stayed where I could watch him, no cop showed up, so I called again when I got home, the desk cop treated me like I was the stupidest, most annoying person on the face of the earth, she screamed at me for not knowning what his full name was...I told her the only name I knew was the one they use on the news...she told me to call back when I had all the information....I wasn't scared to report this man, I tried, but they obviously did not want to hear anything about him. He was a positive id too, we had an Ipad and looked up the story we saw on the news, it was him, but we couldn't get any cop to come and arrest him. That might be why more people don't report things like ya think?

Mayor Maynot - 1/15/2013 5:11 PM
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It'll be like a koolaid stand that nobody goes to. First things first can you relocate them to a secret location and protect them and their family?? NEXT What about your family? I'm not trying to be cute when I say that but there is a remote possibility that it could get there. Don't choke on your tongue as you contemplate that thought.

WyoMoe - 1/15/2013 11:44 AM
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Just how do they intend to get these people involved when they are either Scared, Involved in Crime, or don't care? I think this is a good idea if they give it more than just "Lip Service".
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