New gun crime initiative created in memory of Tulsa police sergeant killed on duty

VIDEO: Law officials start initiative to keep illegal guns off streets

TULSA, Okla. — Authorities held a news conference in Tulsa on Tuesday to announce the creation of the “2150 Initiative" in memory of a police sergeant killed while on duty.

Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson was shot and killed during a traffic stop in June. It’s named the “2150 Initiative” as 2150 was Johnson’s badge number.

The new gun crime initiative will be meant to focus on investigative and prosecutorial resources in order to reduce gun violence and hold accountable felons and other prohibited persons who illegally possess firearms.

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U.S. Attorney Trent Shores, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin, and ATF Assistant Director of Field Operations Thomas Chittum hosted the press conference.

U.S. Attorney to Announce the Creation of the "2150 Initiative" in Honor of Sergeant Craig Johnson

2150 INITIATIVE: U.S. Attorney Trent Shores, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin, and ATF Assistant Director of Field Operations Thomas Chittum are announcing the creation of the "2150 Initiative." The gun crime initiative is named in memory of Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty in June.

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It’s a partnership between local, state, federal and tribal agencies.

Shores says the ATF has provided specific resources for Oklahoma including two new task officers to help with the initiative.

Furthermore, a Tulsa police officer is currently in Virginia training a K9 officer that will be an important resource.

Shores says they also have dedicated Assistant US Attorneys to pick up initiative cases.

Specialty units like the Tulsa Police Crime Gun Unit will also be helpful as getting illegal guns off our streets has always been their main focus.

Officials say they are sending the message, putting criminals on notice that if they illegally possess a gun they are going to be arrested and prosecuted.

“When I think of initiative, I think of action, and action is what Craig was all about,” Chief Franklin said.