Improving Tulsa's Crime Stoppers program

TULSA - Tulsa city leaders are looking for ways to improve the Crime Stoppers program.

City Councilor G.T. Bynum set up a month-long working group following the quadruple homicides earlier this month. Leaders will continue the discussion Tuesday on ways to increase anonymous tips to the hotline.

About 30 people attended the meeting at City Hall last week and Bynum says a lot of good ideas have been generated already. This week they will discuss ways to fund those ideas.

The Crime Stoppers program has a rough annual budget of $250,000. Bynum is hoping to increase the budget but he wants to make sure those funds are properly spent.

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

"We spend tens of millions of dollars every year on operating budget for our police department, given them cars, guns and employing them and yet we are cheaping out on the very thing that helps them do their job, which is anonymous tips and other forms of intelligence from the community," Bynum said.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend Tuesday's meeting at 9 a.m. in the council chambers.


 

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