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Special police unit continues to focus on crime in downtown Tulsa

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Posted at 9:16 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-17 22:53:23-04

TULSA -- The Tulsa Police Department’s Impact Team is a four-officer unit that focuses on reducing crime inside the Inner Dispersal Loop.

“It's great that their mere presence really helps keep everybody happy," said Bob Fleischman, President of the Brady Arts District Business Association.

Fleischman said these dedicated beat officers are also sitting in on business association monthly meetings.

“They can walk through a neighborhood and know what is out of place, because they've seen everything when it's good and mild and if there's something happening they can pretty well figure it out right away," said Fleischman.

Officers are also exchanging e-mail addresses with business owners.

“That's been routine here for almost two years now," said Fleischman.

Sergeant Bryan Bryden, who runs the Impact Team said the e-mail list is important to keep lines of communication open between police and business owners.

“Whatever it might be just letting people know what’s going on out there you know, 'hey we may be having these types of problems maybe some interruptions of services, non-access to the streets,' things like that, just so people are aware of it, know what's coming up and know that we're out there proactively looking at it, preparing for it and helping them get prepared for it as well," said Bryden.

The Impact Team is preparing for events like First Friday Art Crawl, Tulsa International Mayfest, and the Blue Dome District Arts Festival.

The team also works with the Downtown Coordinating Council’s public safety ambassadors.

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