TULSA- Community leaders in North Tulsa are considering a plan to help hire a private security to help patrol the area. The plans comes amid outrage over the two people found shot to death in Chamberlain Park this week.
North Start Security is the company mentioned by State Senator Kevin Matthews (D-Tulsa) in a press conference Wednesday. It is owned by Dean Finley, who made plenty of headlines of his own when he was fired from the Tulsa Police Department in the 1990s.
TPD administrators said at the time, Finley left the scene of a bank robbery. Finley maintains he was leaving to get back-up, but he lost his job and lost appeals to get it back. He said at the time and still believes now that his firing was retaliation for a civil rights lawsuit he and other officers filed against the department.
Finley said he never stopped caring about his community and that's what led him to open and grow North Start Security.
"I'm happy about that day and what happened to me, because it launched me into another career which I love," he said.
Finley said the North Star patrols will help alleviate some calls from busy officers. He also said response time should be improved.
But Finely said that work is not sufficient to change what he called a cycle of crime in the area. He's in the process of starting a non-profit group, Not Forgotten Children Inc., aimed at helping the children of inmates.
"We want to provide volunteers and mentors before [the children of criminals] get into that cycle," he said.
If you would like information about the non-profit, you can reach Finely at email@example.com.
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