Public safety group presents findings to city council to address Tulsa crime concerns

TULSA - A Tulsa group created last month to look into public safety concerns presented its findings to city council Thursday, a day after police named two suspects in the city's highest profile murder case of the year.

The Public Safety Intelligence Working Group, started in direct response to the Fairmont Terrace quadruple murder, offered two necessary city improvements.

READ: 'Brothers arrested in Fairmont Terrace quad murder' (bit.ly/Fairmontarrests)

One problem the group found was an apparent lack of awareness about Tulsa's Crime Stoppers Unit.

"Either people don't know about it or they don't trust it because they think it's run by the Tulsa Police Department," said Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum.

READ: 'How to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously' (bit.ly/TulsaCrimeStoppers)

The other issue facing city safety: A TPD computer program developed nearly 40 years ago.

Bynum said it's time for the city to spend some money on a new system.

Funding for the new software would be part of a capital improvements package. Voters are expected to get the chance to weigh in come November.

Residents living near the crime-riddled apartment complex say they're happy the city is stepping in.

"They need to stop the crime, any crime, drugs, violence -- it all needs to be stopped," said south Tulsa resident Josh Hill.

January was one of Tulsa's bloodiest months in recent years, recording nearly a quarter of the city's 2012 murders for the entire year.

Following Wednesday's arrest announcement, Tulsa's police chief Chuck Jordan and mayor Dewey Bartlett spoke out about the city's recent violence.

"We can now get to the essence of this issue and that is much bigger than crime, it's about poverty. We're moving forward on our mission to establish a method to hold out-of-state apartment owners accountable for safe, secure and peaceful places to live," Bartlett said. "We continue to look down every possible avenue on how we can improve our city."

Jordan said the police hotspot was a concern, calling it an "infrastructure" issue.

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