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Beloved community resource officer steps down after making changes along 61st and Peoria

Posted: 6:20 PM, Oct 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-03 06:03:17-04

TULSA, Okla. -- Officer Amley or "Popsey" Floyd is noticing the streets get cleaner and the community is safer surrounding 61st and Peoria.

The community resource officer said after almost two years, he's looking to find balance between police work and being a father of three.

"I really don't want to be a hero to my kids anymore I just want to be their father. I don't necessarily care about being a superman to my wife but I want to be her husband," Floyd said.

Floyd started in early 2017 after Tulsa received a grant to tackle high crime and poverty. Neighbors said for the first time, they feel comfortable letting their children play in the park.

"There was shootings and stabbings and fights and everything out here. I wouldn't even let my kids go outside and play," Kimberly Owen said.

The officer tells 2 Works for You, just a couple of years ago, kids were running away from police. Now they're the first to come up and say hello.

"Seeing kids run up to me, telling me what their day is like, or before I can even get in the gate you'll see a crowd of kids coming. You'd think they would want something, like if I had toys. But really they'd just be like "hey Officer Floyd," he said.

Floyd expects his last day to be at the end of this month, and said the city will fill his position. From here, he hopes to come back to this community with a street ministry.

 

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