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The Tulsa Police Department is holding a special promotion ceremony for Chief Wendell Franklin

Posted at 8:31 AM, Feb 07, 2020

TULSA, Okla. — After one week in his new role, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin will be celebrated in a promotion ceremony at the Tulsa Police Department (TPD).

"I know that I'm not going to be able to satisfy everybody, but my hope is that I can cast the Tulsa Police Department in a good light," said Chief Franklin.

Some of his priorities include more transparency in the department. Chief Franklin said he's already making changes to better serve the public.

One of the biggest changes will be in the public affairs division. He said he is combining the communications department with social media by his office, so he is more accessible. He wants to ensure that information is relayed to the public accurately.

Other priorities are public safety, handling crime and lowering the homicide rate. Chief Franklin hopes to start quarterly community meetings and get the community's input or concerns.

While his appointment is historic as the city's first black police chief, he hopes that people look beyond his skin color. He will work toward bridging the racial divide in Tulsa.

The ceremony will be held at the Tulsa Police Training Division at 2 p.m.

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