Tulsa Police will get a boost from Improve Our Tulsa

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/08/2013 10:02 pm Published: 11/08/2013 8:20 pm

Voters will not only have the chance to vote for a new mayor on Tuesday but you will also get the chance to Improve Our Tulsa.

If the Improve Our Tulsa proposal is passed, part of the package will boost public safety with millions going toward the Tulsa Police Department.

FOX23 went to the Tulsa Police Department's helicopter barn in north Tulsa with a look at where the money would fall.

If voters say yes to Improve Our Tulsa, the city would get a new helicopter for the police force. The helicopters only have a life span of about 10 years and there is a certain amount of hours they can fly. With the homicide number sitting at more than 50 for the city of Tulsa, public safety is vital. Part of the Improve Our Tulsa package would give $37.3 million to the Tulsa Police Department. One of the biggest areas that needs improvement is the computerized record system. Right now, the system is not able to communicate with other departments.

FOX23 spoke with Gary Hamer, Tulsa's planning manager, on the subject of computerized police records.
He tellsFOX23, "This would not only digitize that but allow those records a more efficient way to communicate with the city and other law enforcement agencies."

Another area that needs improvement is the eye in the sky -- $1.5 million of the Improve Our Tulsa package would go toward replacingthe police chopper. About 500 of Tulsa's police vehicles will also be replaced. The cars are on a six-year replacement cycle and generally run about 100,000 miles.
“We need to replace a little over 100 police cars, the marked units that you see on the street, annually,” Hammer said.

Area police stations will also get some much-needed upgrades.
“Sometimes we need new heat and air units and need a new roof, or maybe if something is ADA-compliant; we are still addressing those issues."

FOX23 will keep you updated on what will happen if Improve Our Tulsa passes in the balloting Tuesday, Nov. 12.

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Unwashed Mass - 11/9/2013 5:13 PM
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Vote NO in the TPD slush fund.
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